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‘Heartbeat’ bill backer says she’ll force a vote

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The chief promoter of a snuffed Ohio bill that would have imposed the tightest abortion restriction in the nation says she will use a legislative maneuver to try to force a vote before year’s end over the Senate president’s opposition.

In a statement released Wednesday, Faith2Action President Janet Folger Porter said Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus broke a promise Tuesday with his decision not to schedule a vote on the “heartbeat bill.”

Niehaus is in his final weeks at the Statehouse due to term limits. He cited lingering constitutional concerns in his decision, which effectively killed the bill.

The legislation bans most abortions at the first detectable fetal heartbeat, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

Porter said 17 Republican signatures on a discharge petition can force a vote.

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