Law­mak­ers to vote on ‘heart­beat’ abor­tion bill

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

COLUM­BUS, Ohio – The House Health Com­mit­tee on Tues­day voted 11-7 in favor of the bill, which cleared the full Se­nate on a 19-13 vote on March 13.

Ohio is among about a dozen states seek­ing to ban abor­tions once a heart­beat can be de­tected.

Se­nate Bill 23 would pro­hibit doc­tors from per­form­ing abor­tions once a heart­beat can be de­tected, which can be as early as six weeks, be­fore women may know they are preg­nant. It con­tains an ex­cep­tion for cases in which the life of the mother is at risk but no ex­cep­tions for cases of rape or in­cest. In 2017, there were 20,893 abor­tions in Ohio.

Doc­tors who pro­vide abor­tions af­ter a fe­tal heart­beat is de­tected could be con­victed of a fifth-de­gree felony.

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