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Bill to ban abortion if fetal heartbeat or brain waves are detected advances to Senate floor

A bill that seeks to ban abortions when the fetus is about six weeks old is headed to the Senate floor.

Senate Bill 1859, by Sen. Paul Scott, R-Duncan, passed the Health and Human Services Committee on Monday by a vote of 7-4.

Scott's bill would prohibit abortion if an embryonic or fetal heartbeat is audible or if fetal brain waves are detected. Scott said that occurs at around six weeks.

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