Pro-life Groups

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Lawmakers in Ohio's state Senate have approved banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

The so-called "heartbeat bill" approved Tuesday would result in what would be one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in America.

The legislation would prohibit most abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy after the first detectable heartbeat.

Similar measures have faced legal challenges elsewhere and detractors in Ohio fear it will lead to a costly fight in the courts. Opponents are predicting it will be found unconstitutional if it becomes law.

Dayton Right to Life will take part in a National Day of Protest Against Planned Parenthood on Saturday. The effort is being lead by a coalition of national pro-life groups. The local organization will hold a rally outside the Planned Parenthood health center on N. Wilkinson St. downtown.

COLUMBUS, Ohio(AP) - The anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life is throwing its support behind a ballot issue that seeks to keep the government from requiring people to buy health insurance.

The organization said Tuesday it was endorsing what's called the Health Care Freedom Amendment. The proposed amendment to the state's constitution would prohibit any law from forcing Ohioans to participate in a health care system.

Voters will decide the issue on Nov. 8.