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King introduces “The Heartbeat Bill” – no abortions for “baby with a beating heart”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King today introduced “The Heartbeat Bill,” legislation that would require physicians to detect the heartbeat and prohibit the abortion of a baby with a beating heart.

Congressman King’s statement:

“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. “Human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is sacred in all of its forms and today, I introduced a bill that will protect the lives of voiceless innocents.

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.

America was founded on the concept that our rights come from God. All human persons have a right to life. How then could we confer that those rights allow the killing of a baby? I believe our most important responsibility that God has bestowed upon us is to protect innocent human life, and I will continue to dedicate my life to that responsibility.”

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

In 2013, 664,435 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas. The abortion rate for 2013 was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 200 abortions per 1,000 live births.

Compared with 2012, the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions for 2013 decreased 5%. Additionally, from 2004 to 2013, the number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 20%, 21%, and 17%, respectively. In 2013, all three measures reached their lowest level for the entire period of analysis (2004-2013).

Iowa Abortion Statistics

2011 4,808 2,406 2,402
2010 5,393 2,871 2,522
2009 5,829 3,163 2,666
2008 6,486 3,719 2,767
2007 6,649 4,443 2,206
2006 6,728 4,812 1,916
2005 5,881 4,676 1,903
2004 6,022 4,951 1,792
2003 5,916 NA NA
2002 6,230 NA NA

(Source: Iowa Vital Statistics from the Iowa Department of Public Health)

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