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Published April 13, 2013, 11:30 PM

Technology to detect heartbeats has been around since 1972

FARGO – It might seem startling to learn that doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat as early as six weeks or slightly less. That capability has been highlighted in the ongoing debate about North Dakota’s new law banning abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat. But fetal heart monitoring is nothing new to medicine; the methodology has been available through ultrasound since 1958.

By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM

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