‘Heartbeat’ Bill Debate Continues After Election
Members of Planned Parenthood and Democratic lawmakers are already speaking out against a plan to revisit the ‘Heartbeat’ Bill.
At a news conference on Tuesday, both groups said Republicans are planning to bring up the controversial bill in the lame-duck legislative session.
One week ago on Election Day, GOP senate hopefuls Todd Akin and Richard Murdock both lost.
Pro-choice advocates in Ohio now are saying that GOP lawmakers haven't heard the message.
The heartbeat bill would create the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the country. They said there's also an effort to defund Planned Parenthood.
Emily Shaw will testify before lawmakers on Wednesday. She was raped at the age of 13 and said Ohio politicians need to understand stories like hers.
“I think it's important to people on both sides which is why it's so controversial but it shouldn't be. The fact is it's women's healthcare and it's not an ideological issue, it's a basic right,” said Shaw.
Ohio Right To Life, the official anti-abortion organization in the state, does not support the bill on constitutional grounds.
Gov. John Kasich has indicated he'll sign it into law if it reaches his desk which will likely trigger a legal challenge.
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