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U.S. Congressman: Pro-life ‘turf battle’ preventing vote on bill to ban nearly all abortions

Updated: January 12, 2018 at 4:11 pm EST  See Comments

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Rep. Steve King, R-IA, wears his Heartbeat Bill pin during a Congressional hearing on the legislation Janet Porter, the architect of and main lobbyist for the Heartbeat Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life groups and members of Congress are divided over whether on the day of the March for Life, the U.S. House should vote on a bill that would ban nearly all abortions, or instead a bill to ban infanticide after botched abortions.

The Heartbeat Protection Act would make it illegal to abort babies whose heartbeats can be detected.

“It’s the most protective incremental bill in existence,” said one of its organizers, Janet Porter of Faith2Action.

The U.S. House is slated to vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would expand Bush-era anti-infanticide protections for babies born alive during botched abortions, on January 19 as hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists march through D.C.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act has 87 cosponsors. The Heartbeat Protection Act has 169 cosponsors.

Fetal heartbeats begin at 21 days and can usually be measured around six weeks into pregnancy.

Under the Heartbeat Bill, babies with detectable heartbeats who are conceived

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