Panel adds abortion regulations to Ohio budget

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican-dominated legislative panel has passed a slew of changes to Ohio’s budget, including a last-minute abortion regulation requiring doctors to provide written notice to pregnant women of a detectable fetal heartbeat.

The six-member conference committee moved the spending bill along party lines Tuesday night. The 4-2 vote sends the finalized budget bill to the floors of both legislative chambers, which are likely to take action Thursday.

Lawmakers face a Sunday deadline to pass the almost $62 billion, two-year spending bill.

One committee change would ban doctors from purposefully performing or inducing an abortion on a pregnant woman before determining the presence of a detectable fetal heartbeat unless there is a medical emergency. It would create criminal penalties for violating the rules.

Education funding and casino rules also saw revisions.

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