|Arkansas Senate chambers|
The act would recognize human life as early as twelve weeks, if a heart beat is detected.
Under the act, anyone seeking an abortion would have to undergo a test for the heart beat.
If a heartbeat is found, no abortion would be possible, except in cases of rape, incest, or if the woman's life is in danger.
The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act now goes before a house committee, where it is expected to pass.
Governor Mike Beebe is unsure if he will sign the bill, saying he'd need to talk to lawyers before deciding anything.