‘Fetal Heartbeat Bill’ To Be Reintroduced Once More In Ohio


Abortion opponents in Ohio plan to reintroduce a measure to ban abortion at about six weeks into pregnancy, State Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R) told the Associated Press Thursday. 

The ‘fetal heartbeat bill’ previously caused an uproar but ultimately failed in the Ohio state legislature last year, when then-Speaker of the Senate Tom Niehaus (R) blocked it from coming to a vote, RH Reality Check reported. Niehaus has since retired.

About 40 of the 99 Ohio House members have signed onto the bill as co-sponsors this time, Wachtmann, an original sponsor of the bill, told the AP.

Wachtmann plans to announce the effort at a news conference Thursday, where Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, stars of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” are also expected to speak, the AP reported.


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