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Ohio House Passes ‘Heartbeat Bill,’ The Most Radical Anti-Abortion Bill In The Nation

By Tanya Somanader on June 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm

"Ohio House Passes ‘Heartbeat Bill,’ The Most Radical Anti-Abortion Bill In The Nation"


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Moments ago in a 54 to 43 vote, the GOP-led state House passed Ohio’s “heartbeat bill,” giving Ohio “the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation.” The bill outlaws abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as “six to seven weeks into pregnancy.” There is no exception in the bill for rape, incest, or mental health of a woman. This radical viability standard is unconstitutional, flouting the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that forbids states from banning abortions until the fetus is viable, which is generally around 22 to 24 weeks.


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