Ohio Senate kills anti-abortion ‘heartbeat’ bill

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 21:33 EDT
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Republican Ohio state Senate President Tom Niehaus plans to let an extreme anti-abortion bill falter, according to the Associated Press.

Though the Ohio House passed the legislation last year, the Republican-led Ohio Senate will not vote on the bill before the end of the legislative session. Niehaus told the Associated Press he wanted the state legislature to focus on jobs and the economy.

The so-called “heartbeat” bill would have prohibited abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks. The bill did not provide exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother.

The bill split Ohio’s pro-life community.

Ohio Right to Life declined to endorse the bill, believing it could not withstand a court challenge. The group Faith2Action, on the other hand, championed the bill.

Under Roe v. Wade, a woman has the right to terminate her pregnancy until the fetus is viable outside the womb, which is usually 22-24 weeks.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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