Guam passes protective legislation modeled after Texas Heartbeat Act

By Dave Andrusko

On Friday, Guam’s  legislature narrowly passed a bill modeled after Texas’s Heartbeat Act which protects unborn children whose heartbeat can be detected, at approximately 6 weeks.

The vote on Guam Heartbeat Act of 2022 passed the U.S. territory’s unicameral legislature by a vote of 8-7. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Telena Nelson.

Pro-abortion Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero is expected to veto the measure. An override requires 10 votes.

“The last physician who performed surgical abortions there retired in 2018,” the Associated Press reported. “Two Guam-licensed doctors who live in Hawaii see patients virtually and mail them pills for medication abortions. But this alternative is available only until 11 weeks gestation.”