Heartbeat Bill Reintroduced At Statehouse
For the third time in as many legislative sessions, Ohio abortion opponents have introduced a proposal to ban the procedure after the first fetal heartbeat is detected. 50 of 99 state representatives signed on as co-sponsors of the so-called "heartbeat bill," which was written by Janet Folger-Porter, a conservative internet radio host and former Ohio Right To Life staffer. Two previous attempts to pass the measure failed. Ohio Right to Life has refused to endorse it out of fear a court challenge could undo existing abortion restrictions.