ATLANTA (AP) - Amid protests and a heavy police presence, the Georgia Senate on Friday passed a bill banning almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

The bill is backed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and would be one of the nation's strictest anti-abortion measures if it becomes law and is not blocked in court battles.

A heartbeat can be detected in an embryo in as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

GOP governors in Mississippi and Kentucky recently signed similar bills.

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