Bill would require women to allow natural miscarriage instead of abortion

Posted at 8:12 AM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 08:12:19-04

A state lawmaker wants to get women to hold off on abortions by encouraging them to wait and see if they have a miscarriage first.

A bill introduced by Republic Representative Lana Theis of Brighton requires abortion providers to check for a heartbeat. If they can't hear one, they would be required to tell the woman that there is a 15 to 25-percent chance of a  miscarriage until a heartbeat is detected.

Representative Theis says woman may avoid a "potentially unnecessary abortion" if they know about the chance for a natural miscarriage.