Published Wed, Dec 7, 2011 5:08 am Dateline
An Ohio bill that would impose the nation's most stringent abortion limit is scheduled to have its first hearing before state senators Wednesday, after months of
sitting idle in the Republican-led chamber.
The measure would outlaw abortions at the first detectable fetal heartbeat. That's sometimes as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
Testimony on the measure referred to as the "heartbeat bill" comes as supporters have urged state lawmakers to pass it in a campaign-like effort that's included radio and television ads and a banner flown over the Statehouse.
The legislation passed the GOP-led Ohio House in June. It's been stalled in the Senate while lawmakers reviewed the bill.
Jack Willke, a founder of the International Right to Life Federation, has been among witnesses testifying in support of the legislation.