COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 23, the Human Heartbeat Protection Act by a vote of 19-13.
If signed into law, Ohio would have the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country, with the practice being limited to a fetus 6 weeks or younger.
Michael Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, touted the legislation as a vehicle to overturn Roe v. Wade in a release issued shortly after the bill passed on the Senate floor Wednesday.
Governor Mike DeWine has vowed to sign the bill into law if and when it crosses his desk.
Similar measures approved by Ohio lawmakers were twice vetoed by DeWine's predecessor, GOP Gov. John Kasich, who said enacting the heartbeat bill would prompt a costly court battle and it would likely be found unconstitutional.
The bill includes an exemption if a mother's life is at risk, but no exemption for cases involving rape or incest.
It must still pass the Ohio House before the Heartbeat Bill gets to that point.