The GOP-led Ohio Legislature passed such a bill twice but didn’t have enough votes to overcome vetoes in 2016 and 2018 by then-Gov. John Kasich, who said that the measure would lead the state into a costly court battle. New Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, however, is more friendly to the cause.
The Associated Press: Ohio Abortion ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Returns To Legislature
Republican lawmakers in Ohio proposed again on Monday one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation, and this time around, they have the governor’s support. New Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has indicated he would sign the so-called heartbeat bill that was twice vetoed by his GOP predecessor. The measure would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. (Franko, 2/11)
In other women’s health news —
The CT Mirror: Pitched Battle Over Bill To Prohibit ‘Deceptive Advertising’ At Faith-Based Pregnancy Centers
A bill that would prohibit “deceptive practices” at faith-based pregnancy centers drew passionate — and conflicting — testimony from people on both sides of the issue at a legislative public hearing Monday. Those supporting the bill said it is needed because of deceptive advertising and other practices that often give women the misimpression that the centers are medically-based and offer abortion. (Megan, 2/11)
The Associated Press: California Judge Will Keep Planned Parenthood Names Sealed
A California judge ruled Monday that the names of 14 Planned Parenthood workers and others will remain sealed during the prosecution of two anti-abortion activists charged with secretly recording them. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite made the ruling despite the publication of the names on an anti-abortion website over the weekend. Hite said he would punish anyone discovered to have provided the names, which have been ordered to be kept confidential since charges were filed in 2017 against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress. (Elias, 2/11)
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