Ohio ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill Goes To House For 3rd Time

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Ohio state representatives are getting their third chance in as many sessions to approve a bill effectively banning abortions after the first detectable heartbeat.
Allegiances appear to have changed little on the so-called heartbeat bill since it first emerged in 2011, with the Community & Family Advancement Committee voting it out 11-4 on Tuesday along mostly party lines. A floor vote is scheduled for Wednesday.
Democrats offered a series of amendments seeking to draw attention to what they saw as related issues: contraceptives for rape survivors, insurance coverage for pregnant women and guaranteed maternity leave. All were summarily shot down.
The House passed the same bill two sessions ago, but it died in the Senate. The measure reached the House floor again last session, but was unexpectedly defeated.