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“Heartbeat” Bill Put on Hold

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The bill imposing the most stringent abortion limit in the nation has been put on hold after backers asked for a pile of last-minute language changes.

The leader of the Ohio Senate said today he was suspending hearings on the bill, which would ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat.

“These eleventh hour revisions only serve to create more uncertainty about a very contentious issue,” Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus of New Richmond.

The so-called heartbeat bill passed the GOP-led Ohio House in June. It had been stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate for months, until initial hearings began last week.

The measure would outlaw abortions at the first detectable fetal heartbeat, sometimes as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

Supporters hope to provoke a legal challenge to overturn the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in the United States. The ruling upheld a woman’s right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has said it would fight the heartbeat bill in court.

The suspension of the heartbeat bill hearings came as the Senate cleared another abortion measure that would forbid patients in health exchanges set up by the federal health care overhaul from using taxpayer money to pay for abortions.

Via The Washington Post.

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