Prefiled bill seeks to ban abortion after fetal heartbeat detected

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - A prefiled bill in the Kentucky state legislature would make it illegal to have an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected in expecting mothers.

Rep. Robert Gofort, R-East Bernstadt, announced he prefiled the bill Thursday. Under the proposed legislation abortion providers would be required check for a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion. If a heartbeat is detected, it would be a Class D felony to perform an abortion absent a medical emergency.

“My proposal recognizes that everyone has a right to life,” Goforth said. “My personal belief is that life begins at conception and ends at natural death. A heartbeat proves that there’s life that deserves protection under law—if a heart is beating, a baby needs to be protected and given an opportunity to live.”

Goford said he knows the proposal might be challenge in court should it become law, but that it’s worth the fight.

“I look forward to the day our laws and our court system give unborn children the legal right to life that they deserve so they can grow and live happy and productive lives,” he said.

The fetal heartbeat bill will be considered in the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2019 session, which begins on Jan. 8

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