Politics
5:10 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Foes Of Ohio's Proposed 'Heartbeat Bill' Have Their Say

Opponents of an Ohiobill banning abortions at the first detectable heartbeat tell state senators the measure is radical and cruel.

They spoke on what's referred to as the "heartbeat bill" during its second hearing, with testimony Wednesday coming from  opponents and interested parties including clergy members and doctors.

Dozens filled hallways and the hearing room to protest the bill that would impose the most stringent abortion limit in the nation. Many wore pink to contrast themselves with proponents, who wear the color red to represent hearts.

After sitting idle for months, the bill debuted in the Senate last week. Committee and floor votes could come this week. The next hearing is Thursday.

Any Senate changes would need approval from the Ohio House, which passed the bill this spring.