By: Dorothy Sherman
AUBURN, AL - A bill regulating abortions in Alabama is making it's way through the Alabama legislature.
Tuesday the senate health committee approved a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Some have said a fetal heartbeat can be detected just five to six weeks into a pregnancy and often before a woman realizes she is pregnant. Last year Alabama lawmakers passed a bill regulating abortion clinics.
If the fetal heartbeat bill is signed into law Alabama will have some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.
NBC-38 asked a few random Auburn residents what they think of the pending legislation.
"I think if that gets us closer to banning abortions all together than its the way to go," Sarah Hirschfeldt said.
"I think that the bill is a great thing, because once the baby is starting to have a heartbeat I now consider it to be a human being," Lauren Whatley said.
"Definitely in support of it. I agree, I'm against abortions. I think that's great and it's going to probably cause some turmoil and definitely get some opposition, but I think definitely around here we're definitely conservative so I can see it having a lot of support here," Frani Davis said.
"I think the abortion rate is way too high and I think that with the
passing of this bill it would allow more life to be brought into the
world," Natalie Roberson said.
This bill is one of three bills passing in the Alabama legislature regulating abortions.
The bills have passed the house and now goes to the senate for a vote as early as Thursday.
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