The ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Is Back


(ONN) – A measure to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected is again being proposed in the Republican-led Ohio Legislature.

Similar measures approved by lawmakers were twice vetoed by former GOP Governor John Kasich.

But new Republican Governor Mike DeWine has encouraged supporters of the so-called Heartbeat Bill by saying he would sign it.

Republican Reps. Ron Hood of Ashville and Candice Keller of Middletown filed the bill Monday with 50 cosponsors – a majority of the house.

It would be among the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation.

Kasich considered such legislation unconstitutional and said enacting it would lead to a costly, unsuccessful court battle.

A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy before many women know they’re pregnant.



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