Pro-Life Lawmakers Seek Death Penalty For Doctors Who Do Abortions

2015 March for Life in Washington D.C.Franciscans of the Immaculate/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr

The latest anti-choice bill introduced by Ohio lawmakers would make all abortion illegal within the state.

A group of Republican lawmakers in Ohio are hoping to pass a bill that could see doctors who perform abortions tried for murder and given life sentences -- possibly even the death penalty.

The bill, which would ban all abortions in the state, currently has the support of 20 House Republicans, according to Cincinnati.com.

Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, one of the two lawmakers who introduced the bill, said he knows the measure would be challenged but considers it an opportunity to revisit Roe v. Wade -- the ruling that enshrined Americans' right to an abortion -- in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Still, it's unlikely the proposal would pass even Ohio's GOP-controlled Legislature. Twenty House Republicans have signed onto the bill, less than a third of the majority GOP caucus.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently vetoed a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, concerned about the money the state would spend defending a law he believed would be unconstitutional. It's likely Kasich would veto this new proposal, too.

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