The Latest: House OKs bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

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Posted: Dec 08, 2016 7:38 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

The Republican-controlled Ohio House has voted to pass a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

The House voted 64-29 Thursday night to approve the bill, which will be added to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Kasich opposes abortion rights but hasn't said whether he plans to sign either measure.

Similar 20-week bans are on the books in 17 states.

Ohio's proposed 20-week ban would allow for abortion in some cases to protect a woman's life and health.

The Ohio House voted earlier to reject a Democratic proposal to add an exception for rape and incest to the bill.

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11:25 a.m.

An Ohio House committee has voted to pass a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

The committee voted Wednesday night to pass the ban, which now heads to the full House for consideration Thursday.

That follows House approval Tuesday night of the so-called heartbeat bill, which would prohibit abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That clears the way for what would be one of the nation's most stringent abortion restrictions.

Republican Gov. John Kasich is an abortion-rights opponent who has previously voiced concerns about the heartbeat bill's constitutionality.

Kasich hasn't said yet if he'll sign either bill.