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Ohio Senate Again Approves Heartbeat Bill

Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Senate has approved the so-called "Heartbeat Bill" that bans an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected. 

And Republican leaders expect a legal challenge. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports. 

Pro-choice groups have said if the “Heartbeat Bill” is signed into law, they plan to challenge it in court. This would likely result in a pricey court battle that could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Republican Senate President Larry Obhof says lawmakers don’t shy away from issues just because of the threat of litigation.


Obhof: “There are examples on this issue here in Ohio where the legislature has been bold and has taken a stand and ultimately, while we would’ve expected there to be litigation at some point, we came out victorious.”


Obhof points to a ruling this week where a federal court sided with Ohio on defunding Planned Parenthood.


Opponents say this bill infringes on women’s rights and health.


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