COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill limiting access to abortion if a fetus could survive outside the womb.
The bill signed Wednesday requires a doctor to test a fetus' viability before performing an abortion after 20 weeks into pregnancy, and bans the procedure if there is a positive result. There is no exception for the health or life of the mother, though a doctor could use those reasons as a defense if prosecuted.
The anti-abortion Ohio Right to Life championed the bill and praised Kasich for signing it. Abortion rights groups call it dangerous for women.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio testified that the roughly 200 late abortions performed in Ohio each year are often complex. The group argues women and their doctors should decide how they are handled.
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