Ohio Senate OKs ban on abortion of viable fetuses

The Ohio Senate has approved a bill that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy if a physician determines the fetus would be able to survive outside the womb.

The bill passed the chamber 24-8 and now goes to the Ohio House for review. The measure has the support of Ohio Right to Life, unlike the so-called "heartbeat" bill that would ban abortions after the first detectable heartbeat, often as early as six weeks. Both bills are among a number that would place restrictions on abortions in Ohio.

Another requires judges who waive parental consent to collect more definitive evidence that minors understand the impacts before having an abortion.

Another assures Ohio opts out of coverage for abortion-related services available through the federal health care overhaul.

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