Ohio Senate GOP plans to move abortion measure

After four months of inaction, Ohio's Senate President says his chamber will take up a bill that would ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat.

The New Richmond Republican Tom Niehaus says the Senate's impasse over the so-called "heartbeat bill" has broken and it will be moving to committee for discussion.

He says the intent is for the whole Senate to pass the measure, but he didn't know when that would happen. Republicans dominate the Senate with a 23-10 majority.

If enacted, the bill would be the most restrictive abortion law in the country.

Abortion-rights supporters say it outlaws the procedure before women even know they are pregnant. They vow to fight the measure if it passes.

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