Lawmakers to vote on ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill
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.