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Ohio May Ban Abortions With 'Heartbeat Bill' And Trump

| by Michael Allen

The Republican-controlled Ohio legislature passed a controversial "Heartbeat Bill" on Dec. 6 that would ban abortions (including rape and incest) when a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is usually at about six weeks.

Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio must decide by Dec. 16 whether to sign or veto the bill. If he does nothing, the bill will become law, notes CNN.

If the bill becomes law, it would likely be challenged, possibly all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which does not worry Ohio Republicans.

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber told journalists after the vote: "One, a new President, new Supreme Court justice appointees change the dynamic, and that there was a consensus in our caucus to move forward."

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As a matter of record, Supreme Court justices are not appointed, but rather nominated and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The Republicans currently do not have the 60 votes needed to overcome a Democrat filibuster of a Trump nominee.

"I think it has a better chance than it did before," Faber added.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is planning to challenge the bill if it becomes law.

Christian activist Janet Porter wrote the "Heartbeat Bill," which has failed to pass in earlier votes.

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The pro-life advocate said on Nov. 10 that Trump's election was an opportunity repeal Obamacare, which has provided health care coverage for an estimated 20 million Americans, and a chance to pass her "Heartbeat Bill" on the federal level, which she said would "probably shut down the abortion industry," noted Right Wing Watch.

In addition to her opposition to abortion, Porter has pushed conspiracy theories such as President Obama being a secret Russian communist, the Obama administration placing conservatives in internment camps and the IRS denying "lifesaving treatment" for conservatives, none of which was true.

Sources: CNN, Right Wing Watch (2) / Photo Credit: NBC News

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