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Ohio House panel takes vote on 'heartbeat bill'

By admin Published: March 30, 2011

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: An Ohio House health committee has taken a verbal vote that appears to show narrow support of a bill outlawing abortions at the first detectable heartbeat.

The verbal vote Wednesday on the so-called 'heartbeat bill' was 11-10, with one bill supporter and one opponent left to check in before 5 p.m. An aide to the committee noted the final signed votes can differ from the verbal votes.

The restrictive bill would still need to be approved by the House.

Democrats spoke out passionately against the measure. One of them, Rep. Nickie Antonio, anticipated a divisive fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bill supporters have welcomed the idea of a legal challenge. They hope such a case could lead to overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

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