A measure to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected is again being proposed in the Ohio legislature.

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Similar measures approved by Republican lawmakers twice before and then vetoed by former Governor John Kasich. But new governor, Mike DeWine has encouraged supporters of the Heartbeat Bill by saying he would sign it.

Republican representatives Ron Hood of Ashville, and Candice Keller of Middletown, say they filed the bill Monday with 50 cosponsors - a majority of the Ohio House.

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If passed, the law would be among the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy before many women know they're pregnant.

Kasich considered such legislation unconstitutional and said enacting it would lead to a costly, unsuccessful court battle.