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Supporters Of Legal Abortion Say Changes In Controversial Bill Need To Be Vetted

Jaime Miracle, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
Jaime Miracle, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

An Ohio House committee is set to hear a bill tomorrow that would ban elective abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy. Opponents of that legislation are concerned about changes in what's been known as the "Heartbeat Bill".  The bill was renamed the “Human Rights Protection Act" by the Senate. And NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio’s Jaime Miracle says doctors, nurses and others are upset about recent changes to it.“It requires invasive medical procedures. It imposes a $10,000 fine on medical professionals," Miracle says.Miracle says the bill is being rushed and people who have important points to make are not being heard. If this bill passes in this form, the Senate will have to approve the changes.  Previous versions of this bill passed and were vetoed twice by former Gov. John Kasich. But Gov. Mike DeWine says he will sign it.  Copyright 2019 The Statehouse News Bureau. To see more, visit The Statehouse News Bureau.