Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ohio GOP Votes to Unconstitutionally End Legal Abortion at Six Weeks

Until Tuesday, Ohio Republicans had advanced "heartbeat bills" in the house, but not the state senate, over fears that the law would be struck down in federal court.

UPDATE, December 7, 9:21 a.m.: The Republican-held Ohio House on Tuesday passed the unconstitutional six-week abortion ban, mostly along party lines. The measure now goes to the desk of Gov. John Kasich (R).

Ohio Republicans are advancing a law to outlaw abortion care as early as six weeks of pregnancy, a ban that federal courts have declared unconstitutional.

The so-called heartbeat bill, which would ban abortion care after a fetal heartbeat is detected, is considered one of the nation's most extreme anti-choice measures. North Dakota's GOP-majority legislature enacted a six-week ban in 2013 that was struck down in federal court.

The Ohio Senate passed the legislation on Tuesday along party lines, despite an outcry from Democrats, as reported. Ohio Republicans control both legislative chambers and the governor's office.

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