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Ohio senators hear 'heartbeat' abortion bill

Ohio Senate panel takes testimony on bill to ban abortions at first detectable heartbeat By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' An Ohio legislator is touting the importance of the fetal heartbeat as an indicator of life as he urges support for a bill that would impose the nation's most stringent abortion limit.

State Rep. Lynn Wachtmann is sponsoring the bill that would outlaw abortions at the first detectable fetal heartbeat. That's sometimes as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

The bill is getting its first hearing before state senators, after months of sitting idle in the Republican-led chamber.

If it becomes law, supporters of the so-called heartbeat bill hope to provoke a legal challenge and overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in the United States.

Wachtmann told the Senate's health committee that he believes his legislation won't be struck down by the courts.

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