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House Again OKs ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban; Senate Fate Dim

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Members of the group "Ohio Right to Life"strongly support the so-called "Heartbeat Bill."
3:16PM
March 25, 2015

A ban on most abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat has once again cleared the Ohio House, leaving the rest of the two-year session for advocates to lobby the bill’s opponents in the Ohio Senate.

House Committee To Vote On “Heartbeat Bill”

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Many Republicans and anti-abortion have said they worry the abortion measure would be ruled unconstitutional if passed.
8:18AM
March
24, 2015

An Ohio House committee has scheduled a possible vote for Tuesday on a proposal to effectively ban abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected. The measure has failed in each of the last two legislative sessions.

Ohio Abortion Foes Introduce ‘Heartbeat’ Bill For 3rd Time

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Ohio lawmakers again consider the so-called "heartbeat abortion" bill.
11:44AM
February 18, 2015

For the third time in as many legislative sessions, Ohio abortion opponents have introduced a proposal to effectively ban the procedure after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, which can come as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

Abortion Limits To Go Before State Lawmakers

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8:25AM
January
28, 2015

In the coming weeks, state lawmakers are expected to take up two proposals to limit abortions in Ohio.

Ohio ‘Heartbeat’ Bill Re-Emerges, Gets Panel OK

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An Ohio House panel okays the so-called "heartbeat abortion" bill.
12:10PM
November 20, 2014

A bill imposing some of the nation’s most stringent abortion restrictions has cleared an Ohio House committee after suddenly re-surfacing in the lame duck session.

‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill To Make Return In Ohio

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Some Ohio lawmakers will announce plans to reintroduce the so-called "heartbeat bill" at a Thursday news conference.
10:46AM
August
15, 2013

Abortion opponents in Ohio plan to resurrect a proposal to effectively ban the procedure after the first fetal heartbeat is detected – as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

Abortion Proposal Draws Ire Of Ohio Doctors

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The latest abortion bill has the support of many Statehouse Republicans. It's one of four current proposals aimed at curbing abortions.
9:56AM
June
20, 2013

Doctors testifying before state lawmakers Wednesday said the proposed restrictions on abortion would endanger women, drive up malpractice insurance, and push some doctors to leave the state.

Year In Review: The Fight Over Women’s Issues

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The two organizations spent much of the year debating abortion and Planned Parenthood.
8:44AM
December 27, 2012

For another installment of our look back at state government in 2012, Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reviews the debate over the “Hearbeat Bill” and a proposal to defund Planned Parenthood.

Backer Of ‘Heartbeat’ Bill Wants To Force Vote

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An anti-abortion advocate wants to force a vote on the 'heartbeat' bill in the Ohio Senate.
1:36PM
November
28, 2012

The chief advocate of a blocked Ohio bill that would impose the tightest abortion restriction in the nation vowed Wednesday to use a legislative maneuver to try to force a vote before year’s end despite the Senate president’s opposition.

Clock Is Ticking For “Heartbeat Bill”

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Pro-choice activists with NARAL Ohio have clashed with members of Ohio Right to Life over the "Heartbeat Bill," which would install some of the nation's strictest limitations on abortion.
10:04AM
June 14, 2012

The Ohio bill that would ban a woman from having an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected passed the Ohio House almost a year ago, but it hasn’t come up in the Senate. If it’s not passed by the end of the year, supporters have to restart the entire legislative process.