Ohio abortion 'heartbeat bill' returns to Legislature

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A measure to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected is again being proposed in the Republican-led Ohio Legislature.

    Similar measures approved by lawmakers were twice vetoed by former GOP Gov. John Kasich. But new Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has encouraged supporters of the so-called heartbeat bill by saying he would sign it.

    Republican Reps. Ron Hood, of Ashville, and Candice Keller, of Middletown, say they filed the bill Monday with 50 cosponsors - a majority of the House.

    "Heartbeat" bill won"t become law after falling short in Ohio Senate

    UPDATE: (Associated Press) - Republican lawmakers hoping to give Ohio one of the most far-reaching abortion restrictions in the nation have fallen one vote short of overriding the governor"s veto and making it law. The bill would have banned abortions once the first fetal heartbeat is detected.

    It would be among the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy before many women know they're pregnant.

    Kasich considered such legislation unconstitutional and said enacting it would lead to a costly, unsuccessful court battle.

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