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Second Abortion Bill in Two Days Heads to Ohio Governor

Dec. 13, 2018, 9:37 PM

A bill requiring fetal death before doctors perform a common second-trimester abortion procedure is headed to Ohio Governor John Kasich’s (R) desk.

The bill, passed by the Ohio House Dec. 13, would require doctors to stop a fetus’s heartbeat before performing a dilation and evacuation (D&E) procedure, which requires the dismemberment of the fetus. The bill also provides civil and criminal penalties against any physician who performs a “dismemberment procedure” on a living fetus.

Proponents of the bill say the proposal doesn’t ban D&E procedures outright. But the ACLU, which opposesthe measure, said the bill would essentially ban...

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