Ohio House Panel Begins Review Of 2 Abortion-Related Bills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio House committee is reviewing bills to restrict Planned Parenthood money and ban abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation.

The proposed ban on abortions after the 20-week mark is based on the assertion that fetuses can feel pain then. The bill’s opponents have challenged that characterization as scientifically unsound.

The proposed ban cleared the state Senate in June. It’s a key policy priority of the anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life.

A House panel is slated Tuesday to hold its first hearing on the proposed ban, along with a bill targeting money Planned Parenthood gets through federal grants administered by Ohio’s health department.

The measure follows secretly recorded videos by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue from abortions. The organization says the videos were deceptively edited.