Steve King Tells Leadership to Protect Preborn with Heartbeat Bill

On Friday, January 19, thousands will participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C…

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(Breitbart) WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says House leadership and one very powerful pro-life group is posturing to prevent his anti-abortion “Heartbeat Bill” from passing in the House.

King introduced House Resolution 490, also known as the “Heartbeat Protection Act” or the Heartbeat Bill on the House floor early last year. The bill requires abortionists to check for the baby’s heartbeat before proceeding with abortion and restores legal protection to unborn children once it is detected.

“If a heartbeat can be detected, the baby is protected,” King told Breitbart News. “We know that a heartbeat is certain proof of a life. If a heart is beating, there’s a life. And it’s a human life.”

King said, “I’ve gone to work and drafted this bill and kept it clean and tight and compact and precise and legal. And with definitions that are understandable and defensible. … We have 170 co-sponsors on the heartbeat bill.” He has been wearing a heart-shaped pin with infant footprints on it on his lapel since he first introduced the Heartbeat Bill nearly one year ago.


“This bill has come further, faster than any other pro-life bill that has come before this Congress in the past nearly 45 years. Our goal was to, and remains, to get it to the floor of the House of Representatives for a debate and a vote on the March for Life date, which this year falls on January 19…”

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