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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.

Senate Hearing Brings Praise, Criticism Of “Heartbeat Bill”

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The so-called 'Heartbeat' Abortion bill gets its first hearing at the Ohio Statehouse.
3:53PM
December
7, 2011

The controversial bill finally got its first hearing in the Ohio Senate, where it was both hailed and denounced by pro-life and pro-choice activists.

“Heartbeat Bill” Fracturing Ohio’s Anti-Abortion Community

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Ohio Right to Life's opposition to the so-called "Heartbeat Bill" has helped fuel a split in the anti-abortion community.
7:58AM
November 22, 2011

A county branch of “Ohio Right to Life” is breaking away from the statewide organization after a disagreement over the so-called “Heartbeat Bill.”

DeWine Rejects “Personhood” Amendment Language

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Attoeny General Mike Dewine rejected the ballot language because "there are three items listed in the summary that the amendment does not affect."
8:25AM
October 25, 2011

Backers want to amend the Ohio Constitution to say “personhood” begins when a human egg is fertilized.

New Anti-Abortion Group’s First Goal: Pass “Heartbeat Bill”

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A lack of support for the "Heartbeat Bill" from Ohio Right to Life helped push Ohio's most ardent abortion opponents to start Ohio Prolife Action.
6:18AM
October 13, 2011

A lack of support from Ohio Right to Life is pushing the bill’s strongest supporters to start Ohio Prolife Action.