What's Next for Ohio's Strict Abortion 'Heartbeat' Bill

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In this Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 file picture, anti-abortion and pro-choice activists stand next to each other in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.
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On Tuesday, the Ohio General Assembly passed what could become among the strictest abortion laws in the nation if it is signed into law by Ohio Governor John Kasich.

The so-called "heartbeat" bill bans abortion as early as six weeks after conception, or once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Previous attempts to pass similar bills have failed due to questions of constitutionality at the federal level.

President-elect Donald Trump has said he would leave abortion decisions up to individual states, leaving the final decision on whether it becomes law up to Governor Kasich, who had opposed a similar bill in the past but faces lawmakers who are emboldened with the new administration and a Supreme Court Justice seat to fill.

Jennifer Branch is a civil rights attorney and partner at Gerhardstein and Branch, representing many of the abortion providers in Ohio, explains what's next.