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Reality Check: Ohio's 'Heartbeat Bill' chipping away at Roe v. Wade


Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation that would make abortion laws in the Buckeye State among the most restrictive in the nation.

House Bill 69 better known as the "heartbeat bill" would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a woman's pregnancy. Ohio just the latest state trying to chip away at Roe V. Wade:

In the 42 years since the landmark Supreme Court Decision protecting a woman's right to have an abortion more than a dozen states have written their own tougher anti-abortion laws.

In North Dakota, a law similar to Ohio's, Heartbeat Bill bans abortions at six weeks. An Arkansas law bans abortions at 12 weeks, while Indiana is one of 10 states to ban abortions at 20 weeks.

It's not just states taking on Roe V. Wade; last week senate democrats voted "no" on a bill that had been considered a slam-dunk. The Justice For Victims Trafficking Act would have aided victims of human trafficking all over the country, including in the Tri-State where it's been on the rise for years. The bill would have created a human trafficking victim's fund paid for through criminal fines, but the legislation also included anti-abortion language democrats wanted no part of.

"Let me very clear, this bill will not be used as an opportunity for republicans to double down on their efforts to restrict a woman's healthcare choices," said Washington's democratic Senator Patty Murray.

Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, argued the 68-page trafficking bill failed because democrats didn't bother reading it.

"This bill has been available for any senator and any member of the public to read. This bi-partisan legislation was considered and strengthened in an open and transparent committee process," said McConnell

The Heartbeat Bill could go for a vote in the Ohio Senate as early as this week. If it become law the ACLU said it will sue based on constitutional grounds.

Where do Ohioans stand? According to a recent Quinnipiac Poll 53 percent said abortion should be legal in most cases with 41-percent saying it should be illegal in most cases.

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