‘Heartbeat’ Legislation Designed To Invite Challenge: ‘We Want This Bill To Go To The Supreme Court. It Was Written For This Purpose.’

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There’s scads of legal precedent against so-called heartbeat bills, but they continue to be introduced by conservative states. That’s because they’re intended to force a court challenge. And with the current Supreme Court composition, anti-abortion advocates see a chance of toppling Roe v. Wade with such legislation. The approach, however, highlights some cracks in the anti-abortion movement.