Ohio Senate approved bill limiting abortion after 20 weeks

On April 6, 2011, Ohio's Republican-majority Senate approved a bill [PDF] that limited abortions performed in the state to 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy. The act required doctors to ascertain the viability of the fetus and to solicit a second opinion as to whether the fetus could survive outside of the womb. If the fetus were viable, a woman could only be eligible for an abortion if she faced "death or a substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function." The bill was part of a series of abortion bills passed by the state legislature, including bills that limited abortion for minors, prohibited abortion after fetal heartbeat detection and limited access to "abortion pills" (RU-486).

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