State abortion limit advances

Ban for when fetus has heartbeat clears Senate panel

Posted: January 31, 2013 at 12:39 a.m.

A bill that would ban abortions as soon as six weeks after conception passed out of a Senate Committee on Wednesday, prompting a lawsuit threat from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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