Alabama senators approve abortion bills

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A bill banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected and three other bills regulating abortions could pass in the closing days of the Alabama Legislature’s 2014 session.

The Senate Health Committee approved three abortion-related bills Tuesday, including the fetal heartbeat bill. Another bill would set stricter standards for girls under 18 getting abortions. The third bill would require women seeking an abortion because of lethal fetal anomalies to be advised of the availability of perinatal hospice services.

The three bills passed the House earlier and now go to the Senate for a vote as early as Thursday.

The committee earlier approved a House-passed bill that would extend the waiting period for abortions from 24 hours to 48 hours.

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