Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Abortion Debate Returns To Ohio Statehouse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The contentious debate over abortion returned to the Statehouse on Tuesday as a House committee held a daylong hearing on a bill that would outlaw abortion in nearly all cases, including rape, incest or the health of the mother. About 250 people, mostly supporters of abortion rights, crowded the building's largest hearing room while another 100 listened in on loudspeakers in the atrium two floors below. The bill likely will receive just one hearing and then be shelved, but Health Committee Chairman John White, a Springfield Republican and staunch abortion foe, said he scheduled the hearing because he wanted to give the bill "a rich going-over." The only exception to the outright abortion ban in the bill is if a doctor, in trying to prevent the death of a pregnant woman, also terminates the pregnancy without intending to do so.

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