heartbeat bill

Less than two weeks after Iowa adopted a law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Iowa have filed suit, seeking to prevent the law from taking effect.

Scheduled to take effect on July 1, Iowa's law is one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the U.S. The measure was signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on May 4, days after it was approved by the state legislature.

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
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The Ohio House approved a bill banning abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. If approved by the Senate and signed into law, Ohio would become just the third state in the country with such a ban.

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Jun 19, 2017
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The Ohio Senate has cut $1 billion from the state's two-year proposed budget. The new budget would decrease the funding of Medicaid and prisons, while increasing the amount spent towards fixing Ohio's drug epidemic. The Senate expects to pass the budget next week before joining the House in approving a finalized plan by the end of June.

Coming up, we're talking about the state budget and the latest in state and national news with a panel of reporters. 

Abortion vigil at Ohio Statehouse
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A controversial abortion bill that Gov. Kasich vetoed at the end of last year has been reintroduced in the Ohio Legislature.

Gov. John Kasich made a somewhat surprising statement this week about a pair of abortion related bills from last year’s lame duck session – one he signed and one he vetoed.

Supporters of a strict abortion ban that was vetoed by Gov. John Kasich are not giving up. 

The Ohio Statehouse
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The Ohio House has ten days left to decide if they’ll override Gov. John Kasich’s veto of the Heartbeat Bill.

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Gov. John Kasich has vetoed a controversial abortion bill that would have banned abortion at six weeks into a pregnancy. But he signed another abortion ban into law.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

About 50 activists demonstrated around the Statehouse yesterday, hoping to send a message to Gov. John Kasich about two newly passed abortion bans.

Janet Porter speaks at rally at Ohio Statehouse in 2015.
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Backers of the so-called heartbeat bill, which would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, are pressuring Ohio lawmakers to pass it during the lame-duck session. The chief advocate for the bill thinks lawmakers might be working behind the scenes on it.

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling On North Dakota Law Could Kill 'Heartbeat Bill'

Jan 27, 2016
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The U.S. Supreme Court is blocking North Dakota from enforcing strict new restrictions on abortions.

That effectively kills the law, and it could spell the end of a similar proposal here in Ohio.

House Committee To Vote On "Heartbeat Bill"

Mar 24, 2015
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An Ohio legislative panel has scheduled a possible vote on a proposal to effectively ban abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, which can come as early as six weeks into pregnancy.