We鈥檝e barely had time to recover from the shock of Texas officially defunding聽Planned Parenthood from Medicaid and Alabama senator Jeff Sessions (who is solidly anti-abortion) being nominated for Attorney General, and now, us ladies have something new to get seriously fired up about: the potential passing of a national Heartbeat Bill.

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Representative Steve King, an Iowa Republican, has officially introduced H.R.490, which is essentially a bill that would 鈥減rohibit abortion in cases where a fetal heartbeat is detectable鈥 (so about six weeks), in the US House of Representatives. In an official statement on his website, King declared: 鈥淪ince Roe v. Wade was unconstitutionally decided in 1973, nearly 60 million innocent babies鈥 lives have been ended by the abortion industry, all with a rubber stamp by the federal government. Human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is sacred in all of its forms, and today, I introduced a bill that will protect the lives of voiceless innocents.鈥

MANCHESTER, NH - APRIL 12: U.S Representative Steve King (R-IO) Steve King speaks at the Freedom Summit at The Executive Court Banquet Facility April 12, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Freedom Summit held its inaugural event where national conservative leaders bring together grassroots activists on the eve of tax day. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Going on to explain what exactly the new legislation would entail, King elaborated that it would 鈥渞equire all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child. If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected.鈥 All this before concluding that 鈥渙ur most important responsibility that God has bestowed upon us is to protect innocent human life, and I will continue to dedicate my life to that responsibility.鈥

Not surprisingly, Twitter has been up in arms since the announcement.

Currently, the Supreme Court has established the 24-week mark as the legal standard for when abortion is no longer legal. However, with Donald Trump鈥檚 upcoming inauguration just days away, many states have begun challenging the current law. In the past month alone, Kentucky and Ohio have passed new laws to lower the number to 20 weeks. Now it seems even that isn鈥檛 enough, as conservatives have firmly set their sights on the six-week mark.

Although it is unknown how the House will react to the proposed bill, one thing is for sure: 2017 is gearing up to be a game-changing year for women鈥檚 rights. How 鈥檅out that Women鈥檚 March on Washington, hmmm? We, for one, have our 鈥pussyhats鈥 knitted and ready to go.

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(h/t Jezebel, photo via Pete Marovich and Darren McCollester/Getty)