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Ohio House approves bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks

Posted: 10:51 PM, Dec 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-09 03:51:13Z

The Ohio House has approved a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

The House voted 64-29 Thursday night to pass the bill, which will be added to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Kasich opposes abortion rights but hasn't said whether he plans to sign either measure.

Ohio's proposed 20-week ban would allow for abortion in some cases to protect a woman's life and health. The Republican-controlled House voted earlier to reject a Democratic proposal to add an exception for rape and incest to the bill

Similar 20-week bans are on the books in 17 states.