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SOCIAL VALUES: Dr. Bhavik Kumar, 31, listens to a question from a patient seeking an abortion during her ultrasound at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, June 3, 2016. Women considering abortion are required by the state to have a sonogram that they must be offered the chance to view, although they can refuse to look. There is then a required 24-hour waiting period after the initial consultation. Some must travel long distances twice in order to complete the procedure. This patient, who was 6-weeks pregnant and has a previous child, took the sonogram photograph home with her and scheduled the abortion procedure for the next day. In order to serve the women who depend on a dwindling number of abortion providers in Texas, Kumar commutes across the state to clinics in San Antonio and Fort Worth. "We know the need is there," says Kumar. "I feel morally and ethically obligated to do this work." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Women in Ohio will officially be banned from getting an abortion after 20 weeks


Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) signed a bill Tuesday that will ban women from getting an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. 

At the same time, he also vetoed the so-called "heartbeat bill," which would have prevented any abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected. For many women, a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, which is before many women know they are pregnant.

Had Kasich signed the bill, Ohio would have the strictest abortion ban in the nation. 

Kasich said the "heartbeat bill" would have been struck down based on other federal court rulings and could have invited challenges to current Ohio abortion laws. 

"The State of Ohio will be the losing party in that lawsuit and, as the losing party, the State of Ohio will be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover the legal fees for the pro-choice activists' lawyers," Kasich said.

The bill which Kasich signed is similar to those in effect in 15 states. The bills are based on the idea that fetuses can feel pain at the 20-week mark. 

Opponents of the bill have argued it is scientifically unsound to assert that fetuses can feel pain at 20-weeks. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio tweeted saying that this law puts women who need abortions near the end of their pregnancies at greater risk. 

“Bans at different points in pregnancy block a woman from getting the care she needs when she needs it," the ACLU of Ohio said in a press release. "Already, Ohio politicians have passed laws designed to close clinics and delay a woman who has made the decision to end a pregnancy."

GOP lawmakers in states like Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Kentucky are also planning to push for new anti-abortion legislation. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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