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'Heartbeat Bill' Opponents Rally At Statehouse

Ohio Public Radio

Opponents of a bill that would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected rallied outside the Statehouse today while supporters gathered inside for a committee hearing. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.  

Opponents say the bill would deny legal abortion before many women know they are pregnant. Ohio State medical student Erica Reese talked about a woman she met named Anna, who had to decide whether to abort the fetus that was unlikely to survive or complete her pregnancy with people asking painful questions.


Those 20 weeks would result in Anna having to go through an impossibly hard labor to deliver a stillborn. This sentence being handed down to our fellow sisters is both cruel and unusual.”


The bill could go to the Senate floor for a vote later this week. Governor John Kasich says he’ll veto it, just as he did two years ago. But lawmakers insist they’ll have the votes this time to override a possible veto.



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