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Ohio lawmakers pass 'stand your ground' bill, eye abortion limits

Posted: 11:56 AM, Nov 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-15 17:28:13-05
Ohio lawmakers pass 'stand your ground' bill, eye abortion limits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers in the Ohio House have continued a lame-duck session by approving a so-called anti-abortion "heartbeat bill."

The stringent proposal would ban abortions in Ohio after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The GOP-controlled House voted 58-35 Thursday in favor of the legislation, which does not include exceptions for rape or incest. The legislation goes next to the Senate.

The stringent proposal would ban abortions in Ohio after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed a similar bill in December 2016, siding with opponents who contend it is unconstitutional.

On Wednesday the House approved gun legislation eliminating a requirement to retreat in confrontations before using deadly force.