- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio activist who’s been behind efforts to pass a strict abortion bill is challenging an incumbent Republican for the Ohio Senate.

Republican Janet Folger Porter of Hinckley filed for the March 15 primary on Wednesday. She wants to represent the 22nd Senate District, which includes Medina (meh-DY’-nuh), Ashland and Richland counties, along with portions of Holmes County.

Sen. Larry Obhof (OB’-hoff), of Medina, holds the seat and is running for re-election.

Porter has pushed passage of the so-called heartbeat bill, which would ban most abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat. It cleared the House this spring.

Porter and her organization, Faith2Action, have targeted senators in ads and demonstrations for not acting on the legislation.

Obhof has said he’d support it if it came up for a floor vote.



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