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After Passing Heartbeat Bill, Ohio House Holds Hearing on Another Abortion Measure

A picture of an ad about the bill in question on a bank building near Ohio Statehouse.
An ad about the bill in question on a bank building near Ohio Statehouse.

A contentious bill that bans abortion at the point at which a fetal heartbeat can be detected has been gettign a lot of attention since the Ohio House of Represenatives passed it last week. There’s another abortion bill that goes even further that is also getting at least one hearing during this lame duck session.

Jaime Miracle with NARAL Pro Choice Ohio says the bill would punish both women and doctors.

“This could criminalize women who have miscarriages that might seem suspicious to somebody or could criminalize in-vitro fertilization procedures that might end up with an embryo,” Miracle says.

This is not one of the bills Ohio Right to Life has targeted for passage but its president, Mike Gonidakis, is hoping for some legislation to go before the U.S. Supreme Court soon.

“We need to continue to pass legislation in an incremental approach which is what Ohio Right to Life does,” Gonidakis says.

While this bill is being heard in the legislature right now, it is not likely to pass this year.