Vote On 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill Delayed


UPDATED: Wednesday April 13, 2011 2:19 PM

A vote has been called off for now on an Ohio bill that, if enacted, would be the most restrictive abortion law in America.
     
The House Health Committee decided against voting Wednesday on a proposal to outlaw abortions after the first medically detectable heartbeat.  Chairman Lynn Wachtmann said it was "not quite ready."
     
The anti-abortion group Faith2Action gave two pregnant women ultrasounds at an earlier hearing to allow lawmakers to see and hear the fetal hearts. Faith2Action director Janet Porter said she believes a vote will come next week.
     
Yet the bill's future is uncertain.
     
Opponents sid the so-called "heartbeat bill" would be unconstitutional.

Republican House Speaker Bill Batchelder ha not said whether he supports the legislation. He said he wants to consider what the legal defense would be first.

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Previous Stories:

March 23, 2011: Panel Could Vote On 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill
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