Abortion ban

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The Ohio Senate has passed the so-called “Heartbeat Bill” which bans an abortion when a viable heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks. Republican leaders expect a possible legal challenge.

Pro-choice groups have said if the “Heartbeat Bill” is signed into law, they plan to challenge it in court. This would likely result in a pricey court battle that could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Ohio Department of Health statistics show the number of abortions in Ohio in 2016 was at an all-time low. That didn’t keep the legislature from passing more abortion legislation.

Ohio Right to Life is perhaps the most powerful lobby group at the Statehouse these days. The Republican dominated legislature has passed nearly two dozen bills that restricts abortions or funding for them. The latest was the Down Syndrome abortion bill which Gov. John Kasich signed into law Friday.

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