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Ohio Democrats propose "pro-life" guns bill
They say requirements on abortion providers and gun dealers would be analogous

Karen Kasler
Bob Hagan says restrictions on gun sellers would be pro-life.
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Republican lawmakers have inserted more anti-abortion language in the state budget, including a last-minute provision would require providers to give women written notice if there's a detectable fetal heartbeat. Two Democrats say if the Republicans are really pro-life, they’ll back another measure. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports it was a tongue-in-cheek move – but only slightly.

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The bill from Reps. Bob Hagan of Youngstown and Mike Foley of Cleveland would require the Ohio Department of Health to conduct a study of the types of injuries that a gun user could cause. And Hagan says gun dealers would be required to provide a copy of that study to a gun buyer.

“This is a pro-life bill. This is protecting life as we know it.”

Listening in on Hagan’s news conference was John Coates from Ohio Right to Life, which doesn’t take a position on gun legislation.

“We decided to also bring to people’s attention that a great crime, the great crisis exists ... that there’s an abortion clinic within walking distance from every urban area in America.”

The Democrats and Coates agree that abortion rates have fallen in recent years in Ohio, but Hagan and Foley also say that gun deaths and injuries have been rising at the same time.


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