Representative Tim Miller of Prinsburg has introduced a so-called “heartbeat” abortion bill similar to the one going into effect in Texas. Miller says he has introduced his bill, modeled after one passed in Iowa, three times and plans to do so again in the next session, but he admits it has no chance of passage as long as Tim Walz is governor and the DFL party holds the majority in the House…

The Heartbeat Bill would make it illegal to perform an abortion once a fetus heartbeat is detectable, usually after 6 weeks of pregnancy.  Miller says the difference between his bill and the Texas bill is the penalty phase.

Miller also plans to introduce a bill similar to one passed in South Dakota which would forbid a woman from getting a chemical abortion using medications such as RU-486 until she has been seen at least one time by a doctor.