Bill would ban abortions in Ohio in the event of Supreme Court ruling

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FILE – In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020 file photo, abortion rights demonstrators including Jaylene Solache, of Dallas, Texas, right, rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington. In some states, the 2020 COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has fueled attempts to ban abortions. Where the procedure remains available, some abortion providers report increased demand, often from women distraught over economic stress and health concerns linked to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Newly proposed legislation would ban abortions in Ohio under nearly all conditions should the U.S. Supreme Court find abortion unconstitutional.

The only exceptions would be if a doctor determined the abortion was needed to save a pregnant woman’s life or protect her from serious harm.

The kind of bill is known as an abortion “trigger” bill and in Ohio is sponsored by Republican Sens. Kristina Roegner and Sandra O’Brien.

Ten other states have similar laws in effect.

An Oklahoma bill is set to become law on Nov. 1.

The new Ohio legislation is similar to House bills proposed in the last General Assembly.

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