Ohio Senate passes statewide abortion limit

Gov. Kasich kisses a baby in this file photo. A conditional ban on abortion is headed to his desk for a decision.

A bill banning abortions once a fetus can survive outside the womb has cleared the Ohio Senate and is on its way to Gov. John Kasich.

The Senate passed the bill 22-7 on the same day it emerged from the Senate Health Committee. The Ohio House passed the bill last month.

The measure prohibits an abortion after 20 weeks if a doctor finds the fetus to be viable. Exceptions would be made to save the mother's life, but not in cases of rape or incest or for mental health reasons. The bill adjusts a state law found unconstitutional in 1997.

Kasich has not said whether he will sign the measure. Spokesman Rob Nichols said the governor is anti-abortion and needs to review the bill.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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