"COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio House of Representatives approved a bill on Tuesday that would impose the strictest limit on abortions in the U.S.
House members approved the bill with a 54-43 vote, 10TV's Tanisha Mallett reported.
The bill would ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat, and that occurs sometimes as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
The Republican-led chamber scheduled votes Tuesday on two other bills. One prohibits abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy if a physician determines the fetus would be able to survive outside the womb. Another prevents certain health insurers from covering abortions.
Heartbeats can sometimes be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy, ahead of the point where the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional for states to limit abortions.
Pro-abortion rights groups and lawmakers planned to protest the votes.
Watch 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for continuing coverage."If a woman didn't even find out she was pregnant until around week six or later, it may already be too late for her to have an abortion according to this bill, thus nearly banning abortion in the state altogether. Fortunately it still has to pass the Senate so this is not set into law yet.