Ohio Abortion Ban Would Use Heartbeat As Trigger

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio will be the staging ground for a new breed of abortion limit that would prohibit women from ending
pregnancies at the first detectable fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as 18 days after conception.

Republican state Rep. Lynn Wachtmann is preparing to unveil the
"Heartbeat Bill" on Wednesday - just ahead of Valentine's Day. It is the first proposal of its kind in the nation, with Texas, Georgia and Oklahoma among states watching closely.

The bill was created by Janet Folger Porter, a native Ohioan and
president of the conservative interest group Faith2Action. She helped craft the nation's first partial-birth abortion ban while a legislative director at Ohio Right to Life.

Forty of 99 Ohio representatives have signed onto the bill.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and other abortion rights groups are gearing up to oppose the measure.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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