House OKs bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

It takes medical decisions out of the hands of doctors by criminalizing those medical practitioners who perform procedures outside the narrow prescriptions of the bill.

Defending his bill to ban abortions after six weeks, Jordan said, "This is just flat out the right thing to do". The bill allows exceptions if the mother's life is deemed to be in danger.

Lawmakers passed the heartbeat bill on Tuesday.

It is often hard to determine pregnancy by week six; women may not notice signs or symptoms until weeks later. Opponents say both measures are unconstitutional and would entangle the state in years of costly litigation.

"Make no mistake - these bills punish women", Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a statement.

Kasich has 10 days to decide whether to sign the bill into law or reject it by issuing a veto. Backers of the heartbeat bill, emboldened by Republican Donald Trump's election, think that will happen soon. If he does nothing, both bills automatically become law.

Meanwhile, lawmakers failed to advance a comprehensive sexual education bill proposed by state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, to deploy health education to teens and expand access to contraception. "We will closely examine everything we receive".

Past year a similar ban on abortion in North Dakota was struck down by a federal court.

Though it passed the state House over a year ago, it previously met opposition in the Senate.

He even had a form letter prepared for constituents who asked the legislator, who vehemently opposes abortion, why he was blocking it: "The courts likely would strike it down and could then use the case to establish a new, more expansive abortion precedent, resulting in even more babies being aborted".

How does this compare to other states' laws?

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Some of those states prohibit abortions after a doctor determines the fetus is viable.

Other states prohibit abortion after a certain time following conception - as soon as 20 weeks in some states.

Lindsay Heldreth, president of YSU's chapter of the National Organization for Women, said, "The bill has the potential to ban abortions after six weeks, which is before most women know they're pregnant".

During the debate in the Ohio House of Representatives, multiple Democratic women lawmakers stood up and told stories of their own successful and unsuccessful pregnancies, often shedding tears. The heartbeat bill is more unique - only Arkansas and North Dakota have similar laws, and this bill is more explicit about challenging Roe v. Wade. On the contrary, Kasich's hostility to reproductive rights extends well past his backdoor efforts to regulate legal abortion out of existence.

The Ohio legislation would restrict the timeframe for legal abortions to the shortest in the country.

Ohio's restriction also includes no provision for victims of rape or incest, meaning that women will potentially have to give birth to the children of their attackers without any say in the matter.

Kasich signed the state's current viability restriction in 2011. If signed into law by Governor Kasich, Ohio would have the most restrictive abortion bill in the nation.

Janet Porter, president and founder of Faith2Action and author of the heartbeat bill, told PJ Media the proposal was "crafted to go to the Supreme Court". "We believe that it is unconstitutional".

The bill has been passed on to Kasich and it will be up to him if he will pass or veto the bill.

The ACLU of OH previously tweeted, "Just a reminder, if the unconstitutional #HeartBeatBill passes and becomes law, we will challenge it in court".

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  • Megan Austin