Ohio Senate to postpone vote on new abortion law

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November 30, 2012

By Maureen Ryland

Ohio

COLUMBUS: Ohio: Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus has delayed a vote on the so-called "heartbeat bill," which would limit abortions in the state of Ohio to the period of pregnancy before a heartbeat is detected.[1] The bill sparked controversy not only between pro-choice and pro-life groups, but within the pro-life constituency itself. Republican Niehaus decided against pushing the bill through in the lame duck session due to fears that the law might be found to be unconstitutional.

Supporters of the bill hoped that a challenge in the courts might lead to the eventual overturn of Roe v. Wade. If passed, it would be the strictest regulation of abortion in any of the fifty states.

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