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Ohio’s ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Isn’t a Restriction on Abortion. It’s an Outright Ban

Ohio’s ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Isn’t a Restriction on Abortion. It’s an Outright Ban

Ohio lawmakers passed the so-called “heartbeat bill” on Tuesday, making abortions after six weeks illegal. The strictest restriction in the country, this bill is essentially an outright ban on all abortions. All that’s left for it to become law is a signature from virulent anti-choice Governor John Kasich. The first sign of pregnancy is usually a missed period, which, depending on when in the cycle conception took place, can be four weeks into a pregnancy. But a missed or “irregular” period can also be caused by stress, weight gain or loss, changes in birth control and various illnesses. At least 30 percent of women experience irregular periods at some point between puberty and menopause. Because of its relative frequency, a missed period isn’t suggestive enough of pregnancy to send most women running to their gynecologists. In a much-referenced study on early signs of pregnancy, only 50 percent of women reported having any symptoms at all by the fifth week. For most…

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