A new Texas abortion bill would require women seeking an abortion to have the fetus’s heartbeat detected before they can obtain an abortion.
The bill passed the Texas House on Wednesday, but Senate Democrats blocked it from becoming law.
Abortion rights advocates say it would prevent women from accessing safe abortion services, such as the procedure to abort the fetus if the fetus has a heartbeat.
The measure also would require doctors to tell women about the risks associated with the procedure.
The Texas law would require all women seeking abortions to have a heartbeat test and a ultrasound, but not to receive the fetal heartbeat test.
Abortion providers say they’re concerned that the bill would create new barriers for abortion services in the state.
Women seeking abortions must first show a doctor the heartbeat test or ultrasound, then show a physician a copy of a fetal heartbeat report or ultrasound.
Doctors could refuse to provide a fetal heart test or an ultrasound for any reason.
Women can request a fetal test in the form of a medical document, a written statement from a doctor, or an online document, such the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Tribune reports.
But that’s the only way women can get a fetal diagnosis and request a test, according to the Associated Press.
A bill passed in November by the Texas Legislature would have required women seeking a surgical abortion to show a heartbeat scan.
But a bill passed by the state Senate last year would have removed the requirement.
The law would have also required women to get an ultrasound, a copy or a written report from their doctor before an abortion could be performed.
Texas abortion opponents say the bill is meant to shut down abortions, but the bill’s supporters say it will only restrict women’s ability to access safe abortions and would prevent many women from obtaining abortions in the future.
The Associated Press reported last month that lawmakers in Texas have approved a bill that would make it easier for abortion clinics to operate, but would prohibit abortion clinics from receiving federal funds.