Heartbeat Bill

Sam Aberle

Supporters of legal abortion rallied in state capitals throughout the nation earlier today, including at the Ohio Statehouse.

The new anti-abortion tilt of the U.S. Supreme Court has inspired some states to further restrict the procedure during the first trimester of pregnancy and move to outlaw abortion entirely if Roe v. Wade ever falls. But the rush to regulate has exposed division among groups and lawmakers who consider themselves staunch abortion opponents.


Ohio’s newest law that bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected is supposed to go into effect in three months.

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Thursday delivered on his campaign promise to sign the controversial "Heartbeat Bill" into law. 

Governor Mike DeWine kept his promise to sign the controversial abortion ban that has been known as the "Heartbeat Bill” into law.

Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio House and Senate have approved the abortion legislation  formerly known as the 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. 

Ohio Public Radio

The leader of the Ohio Senate says the so-called Heartbeat Bill is one of his chamber’s priorities, but that it’s not at the top of the list.

Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio has moved again to impose some of the most far-reaching abortion restrictions in the nation, after Republican Governor John Kasich signed a ban Friday on dilation and evacuation terminations and set up a showdown with lawmakers over his veto of the so-called heartbeat bill.

Statehouse News Bureau

A controversial bill that bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected is on its way to Governor John Kasich. 

Ohio Public Radio

Backers of the so called "Heartbeat Bill" are getting some help from evangelical leaders. 

Ohio Public Radio

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray held the first of three planned gubernatorial debates on Wednesday in Dayton. 

Updated at 10:10 a.m. ET

Iowa's Legislature has passed a bill that would make most abortions illegal once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

The measure, which would effectively ban abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, passed the state House late Tuesday and the state Senate early Wednesday. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has not said whether she will sign the bill.

Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Senate and House have approved banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. 

The U.S. Supreme Court is blocking North Dakota from enforcing a strict ban on abortion that’s very similar to a bill proposed in Ohio.

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.

Political Maneuvering Gets Abortion Bill Through Committee

Nov 20, 2014

An Ohio House committee has approved a controversial bill banning abortionat the point when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Abortion Remains Divisive Issue In 2014 Election

Oct 28, 2014

Advocates for abortion rights and birth control say state leaders have done a lot of things during the past four years that restrict Ohio women from being able to exercise their reproductive rights.

Heartbeat Bill Backers Hold Statehouse Rally

Sep 18, 2014

Backers of a bill that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected rallied at the Statehouse yesterday, trying to convince Ohio lawmakers to pass the measure introduced three years ago.

Bill Restricting Abortion Rights To Be Reintroduced

Aug 15, 2013

Abortion opponents plan to resurrect a proposal to effectively ban the procedure after the first fetal heartbeat is detected - as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

Timing of "Personhood" Amendment Crucial

Jun 10, 2013

Backers of a measure to give a fertilized egg the same rights as a person in Ohio are collecting signatures to put the issue before voters.  

No Vote On "Heartbeat" Bill

Nov 29, 2012

Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus says there will not be a vote during the lame-duck session on an abortion bill.