The Ohio Senate Rules Committee today shut down an effort to force a vote on legislation that would impose the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation.
The conservative activist who wrote the so-called "Heartbeat" bill vowed to unblock it with a discharge petition, but the committee re-referred the bill to the same committee. The bill must remain in committee for 30 days - more time than remains in the lame duck session. The move came after Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus removed two GOP members from the committee. Niehaus says Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's defeat was a key factor in his decision to block the bill. He says a Romney victory was a condition he set with proponents for advancing the measure.