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Ohio bill that would ban most abortions put on hold

• David Edwards via

A bill that would restrict most abortions in Ohio has been put on hold -- at least for now.

The House Health Health Committee decided Wednesday to put off voting on the bill that would outlaw abortions after as soon as doctors can detect the first heatbeat of the fetus.

Committee chairman Lynn Wachtmann said the bill was "not quite ready," according to The Associated Press.

In a move critics attacked as a "circus" for the media, Faith2Action called fetuses to "testify" before lawmakers, shuttling in two pregnant women to undergo live ultrasounds.

Janet Porter, president of Faith2Action, claimed that the fetus was the "youngest ever to testify."

"When passed, the Heartbeat Bill will insure that once that heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected," she said.

Porter believes a vote on the bill could come as soon as next week.


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