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Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Ohio’s newest abortion law, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, is scheduled to go into effect in three months. But there’s a very good chance the law previously known as the “Heartbeat Bill” will be blocked by a looming legal challenge.

The new anti-abortion tilt of the U.S. Supreme Court has inspired some states to further restrict the procedure during the first trimester of pregnancy and move to outlaw abortion entirely if Roe v. Wade ever falls. But the rush to regulate has exposed division among groups and lawmakers who consider themselves staunch abortion opponents.

Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine reviews his prepared comments ahead of a primary election night event, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
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It’s taken eight years and many hours of testimony, but the six-week abortion ban known as the “Heartbeat Bill” has been signed into law.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listen as Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown gauge the growing 2020 Democratic presidential field through the eyes of a first-time voter.

Ohio State student Kevon Snodgrass is engaged in local politics. She joins the show to talk about what she likes and dislikes from some of the candidates who have their eyes on the White House. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine speaks during a public inauguration ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Columbus.
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The six-week abortion ban known as the “Heartbeat Bill” is now law in Ohio.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill Thursday afternoon, just one day after it passed the Republican-led General Assembly. The law is slated to take effect in 90 days, unless blocked by a federal judge.

For the third time, a bill that bans abortion from the point a fetal heartbeat is detected has passed the Ohio House and Senate.  But this time will likely be the last for what's been called the "Heartbeat Bill", because Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll sign it into law. 

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Over protests from Democrats and pro-choice advocates, the Ohio General Assembly on Wednesday passed a more restrictive version of the "Heartbeat Bill."

This photo taken June 5, 2012, outside the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, shows a large balloon in support of the "Heartbeat Bill."
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A committee of the Republican-led Ohio House has voted along party lines to pass the latest version of the “Heartbeat Bill,” which would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. A full House vote is expected Wednesday.

NARAL Deputy Director Jaime Miracle says the current version of the "Heartbeat Bill" needs changes.
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An Ohio House committee is set to hear a bill Tuesday that would ban elective abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy, which is before many women even know they're pregnant. Opponents are concerned about changes in what was previously known as the "Heartbeat Bill."

This photo taken June 5, 2012, outside the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, shows a large balloon in support of the "Heartbeat Bill."
Ann Sanner / Associated Press

An Ohio House committee has received a new version of the "Heartbeat Bill," an abortion ban that could happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before most women know they're pregnant.

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An Ohio appeals court has upheld a state order revoking a Dayton abortion clinic's license.

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that requires remains of some abortions be buried or cremated.

A law making it harder for women in North Carolina to get an abortion after 20 weeks is unconstitutional, a federal judge has declared.

The law, which had been on the books since 1973, banned abortion after 20 weeks with only certain exceptions to protect the life of the mother. A 2015 amendment tightened those exceptions, criminalizing abortion unless the woman's life or a "major bodily function" were at immediate risk. Pro-abortion rights groups challenged the law, and on Monday U.S. District Judge William Osteen sided with them.

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The Ohio Department of Health has begun notifying grant recipients that public funding will halt next month for any organizations tied to abortion services.

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio Senate has passed the so-called “Heartbeat Bill,” SB 23, which bans an abortion when a viable heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks. If passed, it would be one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the country.

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