The Republican-dominated panel also rejected attempts by Democrats to add exceptions to the ban for victims of rape and incest and to omit criminal penalties for abortion doctors.
Despite the disagreements, Derickson said he was heartened by the fact that lawmakers, witnesses and members of the public managed to remain civil amid some tears and professions of faith.
“With all that’s going on in this world that is evil, it is easy to kind of lose track of where we’re going as a country and as a people,” Derickson said. “And the civility and respect that I see here gives me hope that we can disagree to our core and respect each other through our votes.”
If passed, the bill would be one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in America.
It is viewed by its champions at the anti-abortion group Faith2Action as having the potential to draw a pivotal constitutional challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortions. Ohio Right to Life, the state’s oldest and largest anti-abortion group, has declined to endorse it.
The House passed the same bill two sessions ago, but it died in the Senate. The measure reached the House floor again last session, but was unexpectedly defeated.