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Antiabortion ‘heartbeat’ bills are illegal. Why do Republicans keep passing them?
Washington Post

North Dakota state lawmakers passed the first “heartbeat” bill in 2013 — a law that banned abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which can happen as early as six weeks, before a woman even knows she is pregnant.

Lower courts ruled it unconstitutional, based on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, and the high court refused to hear the appeal.

Iowa passed a similar bill, and a state judge declared it unconstitutional, too.