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Ohio governor signs heartbeat bill

by Harvest Prude & Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/11/19, 05:29 pm

UPDATE: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday signed into law a bill protecting unborn babies from abortion from the moment they have a detectable heartbeat, usually around six weeks of gestation. Even before the bill was signed, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio said it was preparing a suit to challenge to the law, something DeWine and Ohio pro-life advocates anticipated.

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Georgia on my mind

News analysis | A Southern state’s April travails and triumphs signal a stormy start to spring
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/11/19, 01:05 pm

Like many spots in the South, springtime in Georgia sings: The azaleas bloom, the dogwoods burst, and the acres of sprawling peach orchards stand hopeful against the threat of a late-spring freeze.

But as springtime unfurled in early April, a few other threats stalked the Peach State. They didn’t come from the cast of faux zombies filming The Walking Dead in the small town of Senoia, Ga., but they did come from another set of performers.

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South Korea to lift decades-old abortion law

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/11/19, 12:29 pm

The South Korean Constitutional Court on Thursday overturned a 65-year-old law protecting unborn babies from abortion. Under the 1953 law, women who underwent abortions could face fines and imprisonment, except in cases of rape, incest, or health risks. In a 7-2 ruling, the court said the abortion law and another one that subjected abortionists to criminal charges were unconstitutional. South Korea was one of the last few developed nations with broad legal protection for unborn babies, though the law was rarely enforced.

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