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Ohio’s 6-Week Abortion Ban Becomes Law; Opponents Will Sue : NPR

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the “heartbeat bill” one day after it passed the Republican-led General Assembly.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the “heartbeat bill” one day after it passed the Republican-led General Assembly.

Paul Vernon/AP

The six-week abortion ban known as the “heartbeat bill” is now law in Ohio. That makes Ohio the sixth state in the nation to attempt to outlaw abortions at the point heartbeat activity can be detected.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill Thursday afternoon, just one day after it passed the Republican-led General Assembly. The law is slated to take effect in 90 days, unless blocked by a federal judge.

Now known as the “Human Rights Protection Act,” SB 23 outlaws abortions as early as five or six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. It is one of the most restrictive abortion

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