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'Heartbeat' abortion bill once again passes Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- The Ohio Senate has once again passed a bill aimed at preventing abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The bill seeks to ban abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

It passed with 19 voting in favor and 13 against. The bill passed by the Senate will now head to the Ohio House for further consideration.

In its current form, the bill contains exceptions for the health of the mother. There are no exceptions for rape or incest.

A similar bill passed both chambers of the legislature near the end of 2018, but was vetoed by Governor Kasich. An attempt to override the veto failed.


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