Heartbeat Bill Gets Another Hearing Today

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Associated Press

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Updated Tue, Dec 13, 2011 5:04 am

Opponents are getting their chance to tell state senators their concerns about a bill that would impose the most stringent abortion limit in the nation.

A hearing on the so-called "heartbeat bill" featuring opponents and other interested parties has been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

The measure would outlaw abortions at the first detectable fetal heartbeat, or as early as six weeks into pregnancy. A committee vote is not scheduled.

Supporters kicked off debate at the first hearing last week, after the bill had sat idle in the Republican-led chamber for months.

Backers hope if it becomes law the bill would provoke a legal challenge and overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in the United States.

Ohio Right to Life is neutral.
 

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