Guam Gets It: Texas Inspired ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Introduced in Legislature

Caroline Wharton - 20 Apr 2022

The Texas Heartbeat Law is inspiring legislators far and wide. This monumental piece of legislation in Texas outlawed abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected and creates legal liability for committing abortion after a heartbeat is heard.   

In Guam, Senators Telena Nelson, Chris Duenas, Amanda Shelton, Tony Ada, and Frank Blas Jr. are fighting for life with the recent introduction of the Guam Heartbeat Act of 2022. 

Guam Heartbeat Bill
Photo courtesy of Pacific Daily News

Mirroring provisions of the Texas Heartbeat Law, this bill would: 

  • Prohibit doctors from committing abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. 
  • Give private citizens the right to file a civil lawsuit with the Superior Court of Guam or District Court of Guam against anyone that performs or induces an abortion after a heartbeat has been detected. 
  • Prohibit any criminal actions against a woman who has had an abortion. 

During a press conference, Senator Nelson said, “I was repeatedly told that this isn’t the right time and this [bill] is political suicide. Well, I realized it will never be the ‘right’ time and I never ran for Senator to serve myself.”  

Guam Heartbeat Bill

Students for Life Action (SFLAction) commends Senator Nelson and her colleagues for introducing this lifesaving legislation despite pushback from the abortion lobby. If passed into law, this bill can have a big impact on the preborn in Guam just as it has in Texas.  

After the first full month of the Texas Heartbeat Law was enacted, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission released abortion data that showed abortion was down 50 percent less than the year prior. 

We are cheering on Guam as they fight to advance this legislation because hearing a heartbeat should change everything. For the Pro-Life Generation looking to support Guam’s legislation and more efforts by states to protect life, click HERE to get involved. 

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