Backers of an Ohio bill that could impose a restrictive abortion limit are telling reticent state lawmakers to embrace potential legal challenges.
The bill would outlaw abortions at the first detectable heartbeat.
Ohio Right to Life has withheld its support for fear the bill could broaden _ rather than limit _ abortion access, and the Republican speaker of the House has questioned whether it could spark protracted and expensive litigation.
Linda Theis (TYS') is among four past Ohio Right to Life presidents lining up behind the bill. She says proponents are offering the Supreme Court "an engraved invitation to overturn Roe." The 1973 ruling upheld a woman's right to an abortion until fetal viability.
A fetus is usually considered viable at 22 to 24 weeks. Fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks.