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'Heartbeat Bill' Returns

This photo taken June 5, 2012, outside the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, shows a large balloon in support of the "Heartbeat Bill."
Ann Sanner
Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why a "Heartbeat Bill" that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected garnered new support this week. Ohio State law professor Marc Spindelman joins the show.

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In this week's episode:
Anti-Abortion Bill Gains Traction

Ohio Right to Life, an influential anti-abortion group, was neutral on the "Heartbeat Bill," which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, during past attempts to pass it. The Ohio Senate and House passed the measure last year, with no exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother, but it was vetoed by then-Gov. John Kasich.

With a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court and Gov. Mike DeWine expected to support such a measure, the organization has added the "Heartbeat Bill" to its legislative agenda. State senators are expected to introduce a new bill soon.

Snollygoster Of The Week

Dayton-area state Rep. Niraj Antani was just sworn in for his third term in the Ohio House, but he's already looking ahead towards his next job.

To send us comments or to nominate your candidate for Snollygoster of the Week, email us at snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
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