U.S.: Abortion Foes, Emboldened by Trump, Promise ‘Onslaught’ of Tough Restrictions

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By SABRINA TAVERNISE and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
DEC. 11, 2016, NYT

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Christina Hagan, the youngest woman in the Ohio Legislature, received a surprise last week. The toughest piece of abortion legislation in the country — a bill she had championed for years — suddenly passed.

The measure, which would ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks, was long presumed dead. But now that Donald J. Trump is headed to the White House, the political winds have changed, and it passed with overwhelming majorities.

So did a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks. Neither contains exceptions for rape and incest. Now Gov. John Kasich — a Republican who is an ardent abortion opponent and onetime challenger to Mr. Trump — is weighing whether to sign one or both.

“President-elect Trump has drastically shifted the dynamics,” said Ms. Hagan, 28, a Republican who has served in the State House since 2011. “I honestly could not have foreseen this victory a week or a month ago.”

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Source: New York Times