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Foes of Ohio abortion ban at 1st heartbeat get say

Opponents testify in Ohio debate on bill banning abortions once fetal heartbeat is detected By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' Opponents of an Ohio bill banning abortions at the first detectable heartbeat tell state senators the measure is radical and cruel.

They spoke on what's referred to as the "heartbeat bill" during its second hearing, with testimony Tuesday coming from opponents and interested parties including clergy members and doctors.

Dozens filled hallways and the hearing room to protest the bill that would impose the most stringent abortion limit in the nation. Many wore pink to contrast themselves with proponents, who wear the color red to represent hearts.

After sitting idle for months, the bill debuted in the Senate last week. Committee and floor votes could come this week. The next hearing is Thursday.

Any Senate changes would need approval from the Ohio House, which passed the bill this spring.


Associated Press writer JoAnne Viviano contributed to this report.

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