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Ohio State Senate Passes One of America's Most Restrictive Abortion Bills

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Mar 14, 2019 4:45 PM 1+ week ago

The Ohio state Senate passed a bill that would prohibit abortions on fetuses with a "detectable heartbeat," which can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy. There are no rape or incest exceptions.

The Cincinnati Inquirer reports that the so-called "heartbeat bill" is expected to pass the Ohio House of Representatives. Republican Governor Mike DeWine has already promised to sign the bill into law.

The bill's sponsor, State Senator Kristina Roegner, believes that the Supreme Court's standard of judging a fetus by its viability is antiquated. Naturally, it also gets in the way of her goal of making safe access to abortion a thing of the past. From Cleveland.com:

Reogner said that courts, guided by standards created in Roe v. Wade, restrict abortion based on the viability of a fetus. But she said viability is a "moving target" because it varies based on the part of the world where a pregnant woman lives or the point in ...

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