Ohio state Senate links abortion restrictions to first trimester and sound of heartbeat

In a move that is likely to be ruled unconstitutional, the Ohio Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would prohibit abortions as soon as a heartbeat was heard in an unborn child.

The Heartbeat Bill language was added to HB 493, which originally dealt with child abuse or neglect reporting, on a vote of 20-11, and the full legislation passed the chamber, 21-10.

The Ohio House must concur on amendments, and Gov. John Kasich would have to sign the bill, in order for the law changes to...

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