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Ohio House panel advances 20-week abortion ban

An Ohio House committee on Wednesday passed a bill (SB 127) that would ban abortion care at 20 weeks, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

The bill now advances to the full House.

Lawmakers seek to add bill to unconstitutional 'heartbeat' abortion ban measure

According to the AP/Bee, conservative lawmakers hope to vote Thursday to add the 20-week abortion ban to a separate measure (HB 493) that the Legislature sent to Gov. John Kasich (R) on Tuesday (AP/Sacramento Bee, 12/7). HB 493 is a measure on reporting child abuse that includes a provision to ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as the sixth week of pregnancy.

Kasich, who opposes abortion rights, has not said whether he will sign the legislation. He has previously voiced concerns that such a ban is unconstitutional.

Courts have overturned similar bans in Arkansas and North Dakota, and the Supreme Court in January declined to review the rulings. However, despite rejecting similar proposals in past legislative sessions, Ohio lawmakers this week voted to advance the 'heartbeat' ban in light of President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to appoint abortion-rights opponents to the Supreme Court, making it more likely the proposed ban could withstand a legal challenge (Women's Health Policy Report, 12/7).