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48-Hour Wait For Abortion Closer To Being Ala. Law

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An Alabama legislative committee has voted to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected -- something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The Alabama Legislature is getting closer to extending the waiting period for an abortion in the state.

The Senate Health Committee voted 7-1 Wednesday to approve a bill that extends the waiting time from 24 hours to 48 hours after a woman receives information from an abortion clinic about the procedure and associated risks. Republicans senators cast the yes votes, and Democratic Sen. Billy Beasley cast the lone nay vote.

The bill by Republican Rep. Ed Henry passed the House earlier and now goes to the Senate for a final vote. Henry and committee Chairman Greg Reed say they believe the bill has the support to pass.

The Senate Health Committee will meet next week to consider three other bills passed by the House to place restrictions on abortions.

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