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house Bill H.R. 490

Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017

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Title

Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit abortion in cases where a fetal heartbeat is detectable.

Summary

Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 This bill amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime for a physician to knowingly perform an abortion: (1) without determining whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat, (2) without informing the mother of the results, or (3) after determining that a fetus has a detectable heartbeat. It provides an exception for an abortion that is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical (but not psychological or emotional) disorder, illness, or condition. A physician who performs a prohibited abortion is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, up to five years in prison, or both. A woman who undergoes a prohibited abortion may not be prosecuted for violating or conspiring to violate the provisions of this bill.

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      house Committees
      The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 12th, 2017
    From lifesitenews.com "Pre-born babies' hearts begin to beat as early as 21 days after fertilization." "Since Roe v. Wade was unconstitutionally decided in 1973, nearly 60 million innocent babies' lives have been ended by the abortion industry, all with a rubber stamp by the federal government," said King. "My legislation will require all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child. If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected." Since 1973... nearly 60 million lives ended... WHAT A TRAGEDY!!! Abortion is murder!!! See this great article at https://www.lifesitenews.com/mobile/news/congressman-introduces-bill-to-stop-abortions-on-babies-with-heartbeats While this bill would not eliminate all abortions, it is the best bill I've seen on this subject.
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    What ever happened to conservatives' insistence that the federal government not overly regulate and dictate how our country's private citizens should live their lives? Individual women are the best experts in their lives; their destinies. They have--and should always have--the support of those who know nothing about their individual circumstances (i.e., the federal government) to make a free choice about how to handle a pregnancy. This bill would unconstitutionally infringe on an individuals right to choose. I urge my representatives to support the women of this country...to support me. I urge my representatives to take a stand on women's rights, and to vote against H.R. 490.
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    TO HAVE TO TRY TO PASS SUCH A LAW AS THIS PROVES THAT WE'RE NOT AS CIVILIZED A SOCIETY AS WE LIKE TO THINK WE ARE. “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush. Therefore, they shall fall among those who fall; at the time I punish them, they shall be cast down,” says the LORD.” ‭‭(Jeremiah‬ ‭6:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)
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    Congress shall not overturn roe vs wade. Abortion has been litigated as legal. Congress can enact funding measures. This is a gross overreach of power over the people. It's an attempt to enact religious laws.
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    A fetal heartbeat is detected at 6 weeks, when many women don't even know they're pregnant yet. This effectively bans abortions outright, which is unacceptable.
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    The government should not be given power to determine what any human being does or does not do with their body.
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    It is not the government's place to determine if/when abortion is acceptable. Instead of attacking a woman's right to her own body, do more to assist children and babies that are in need. This bill will only increase dangerous abortion attempts, as well as increasing the number of babies born into poverty or illness.
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    This is unconstitutional as well as cruel. Please respect the constitution and quit trying to eliminate reproductive rights.
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    The legal right to abortion has already been decided in Roe v. Wade, which has continued to stand up in court for over 40 years. If the GOP truly wants smaller government, they would't be trying to govern women's bodies.
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    Animals on the endangered species list are more protected than humans growing in their mothers womb. www.blackgenocide.com
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    This violates Roe v. Wade and a woman's ability to make medical decisions with her doctor.
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    The further our society separates itself from the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, the more sicker it becomes and the more barbaric it gets. That is clearly illustrated today that we've come to a point in our culture where an issue like this even needs to be debated. PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY.
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    The only people that should have a say in what a woman does with her body is her and her doctor.
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    This is outrageous. Abortion is not a common procedure and if this even applies to medically necessary abortion to save a mother's life then you are writing a death sentence. F--- you Congress.
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    As a woman with firm beliefs rooted in my Christian faith, abortion is not about a woman’s right over her own body, it is about the right of the created body inside of the woman. As nurses, we know life ends when the heart stops and therefore I believe life begins when the heart starts. I understand the inconvenience of an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy. I even understand how unplanned and unwanted childbirth plays a role in increasing poverty and crime in society. I have had some people very close to me have abortions, and truthfully I understand their lives would have been completely changed, and not foreseeably for the better if they had gone through with the pregnancy and raising a child. This is a tough topic for me and becomes tougher as I get older. I understand the value of not forcing religious beliefs on others with different views and therefore the value in keeping church vs. state separate. But truly, I believe life starts when the heart starts so abortion after that is killing an innocent life for selfish convenience. Yes, the baby is in the woman’s body and depends on her for life but even after birth, the baby depends on the mother for life in every way for quite some time- many of those also inconvenient. Many people argue that women are not aware they are pregnant at the time the heartbeat begins. But I believe sexually active women have a responsibility to pay attention to their birth control and changes in their body that indicate pregnancy as soon as possible. Although overall I am pro-life, the enactment of this bill is a compromise I support.
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    The heartbeat develops near 6 weeks. Many women, especially those who already trust the contraceptive measures they employ, do not find out that they are pregnant until after this market. The till pregnancy takes on the body and mind of a woman is one that must be willingly undertaken, and it is important that women and couples have the right to decide what is best for them financially as well as emotionally.
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    Get out.
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    Yet another attack on women's rights. Do more to protect children AFTER they are born
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    Keep government out of women's health decisions.
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    Pro-lifers become awful quiet when it comes to issues regarding children's welfare after they are born. Abortion rates are at an all time low since roe v wade. If you don't want us to take away your rights, don't take away ours. I'm tired of not having control over what I can and cannot do with or to my own body. You don't like abortions? Don't get an abortion, but don't tell me whether or not I can get one.
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