Ohio Governor Signs Bill Banning Abortions at 20 Weeks

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on Tuesday that imposes a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. But, he vetoed the controversial "heartbeat bill," which would have banned abortions at the first sign of a fetal heartbeat.

A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy, which can often be before a woman knows she is pregnant.

Instead of facing costly legal challenges, Kasich, a Republican and an abortion-rights opponent, chose to sign off on the 20-week ban. It is similar to what 15 states enforce but has been blocked from enforcement in two other states, the Associated Press reported.

Since the election of Donald Trump as President, Republican lawmakers in numerous states -- including Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas -- have said they will push for new anti-abortion legislation, the wire service said.

And Republicans in Congress are expected to put forth legislation banning most abortions after 20 weeks and halting federal funding for Planned Parenthood as long as it performs abortions. Trump has pledged to support both measures, according to the AP.

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