Missouri is the latest state to pass a heartbeat bill.
The state House passed the “Unborn Act” Friday.
It forbids abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy.
That’s when the bill says a fetal heartbeat is generally detectable, though other states have similar bans saying it happened at six weeks.
Both time frames often occur before women even know they are pregnant.
Missouri’s measure allows exceptions for medical emergencies but not for pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest.
Missouri’s Senate approved the bill Thursday.
It now heads to the governor’s desk who is expected to sign it into law in about a week.