Ohio Republicans Seek to Enact the Nation's Strictest Abortion Restrictions
In June 2011 the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives passed three pieces of legislation aimed at imposing the strictest abortion restrictions in the county. The first, known as the "heartbeat bill", would prohibit abortions, even in cases of rape and incest, after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which happen as early as six weeks from conception. Another ban targets late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy if the doctor thinks the fetus could survive outside of the womb. The third bill would restrict insurance coverage for abortions. Five Republicans crossed the aisle to join the Democrats in opposing the "heartbeat bill," while the other two abortion bills passed had support from a handful of Democrats.