Ohio bill that would ban most abortions put on hold

By David Edwards
Thursday, March 24, 2011 9:48 EDT
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A bill that would restrict most abortions in Ohio has been put on hold — at least for now.

The House Health Health Committee decided Wednesday to put off voting on the bill that would outlaw abortions after as soon as doctors can detect the first heatbeat of the fetus.

Committee chairman Lynn Wachtmann said the bill was “not quite ready,” according to The Associated Press.

In a move critics attacked as a “circus” for the media, Faith2Action called fetuses to “testify” before lawmakers, shuttling in two pregnant women to undergo live ultrasounds.

Janet Porter, president of Faith2Action, claimed that the fetus was the “youngest ever to testify.”

“When passed, the Heartbeat Bill will insure that once that heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected,” she said.

Porter believes a vote on the bill could come as soon as next week.

Critics of the bill call it unconstitutional. If enacted, it would be the most restrictive abortion law in the country.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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