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Panel Could Vote On 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill


UPDATED: Wednesday March 23, 2011 11:25 AM

Hearings are wrapping up on an Ohio bill that, if enacted, would be the most restrictive abortion law in America.
     
The Ohio House Health Committee could vote Wednesday on a measure that would outlaw abortions after the first medically detectable heartbeat. First the panel will hear more testimony, including from an Ohio Right to Life board member.
     
Another anti-abortion group, Faith2Action, gave two pregnant women ultrasounds at initial hearings three weeks ago to allow lawmakers to see and hear the fetal hearts.
     
Opponents have said the so-called "heartbeat bill" would be unconstitutional.
     
House Speaker William Batchelder has not said whether he supports the legislation.

He said he wants to hear from people who would argue in favor of the measure if it brought a court challenge.

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Previous Stories:

March 16, 2011: Hearings on 'Heartbeat' Bill Continue
March 9, 2011: Longtime Abortion Foe To Testify On 'Heartbeat' Bill
March 3, 2011: Lawmakers See Fetus Ultrasounds During 'Heartbeat' Bill Hearings
February 8, 2011: Proposed Abortion Limit Would Use Heartbeat As Trigger