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State lawmakers reintroduce bill to ban abortion if heartbeat is detected

The bill was introduced Tuesday by State Representative Ron Hood and Christina Hagan. (MGN ONLINE)

State lawmakers reintroduced legislation that would ban abortion if a heartbeat is detected.

The bill was introduced Tuesday by State Representative Ron Hood and Christina Hagan.

"We have the right and obligation in my opinion as elected leaders of the state to advance protection of children in the womb,” said Hagan, a Republican lawmaker from Marlboro Township.

Pro-choice groups lashed out at the legislation.

"Governor Kasich has vetoed it and said that this is unconstitutional and yet here we are having to fight it again,” explained Joanna Saul with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio.

Last December, Governor Kasich vetoed a provision to House Bill 493, which would ban abortion if a heartbeat is detected. Experts say a heartbeat is usually detected by six weeks.

At the time, the legislation was described as the most restrictive abortion bills in the country.

The latest abortion bill is the fourth of its kind to be considered in the legislature.

Advocates on both sides of the debate vow to fight.

Saul said Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio will lobby lawmakers and urge citizens to do the same. Hagan explained new faces in the legislature, plus Republican control in the House and Senate make her confident of the bill’s changes.

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