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At six weeks, the fetus cannot live outside the womb, and many women don’t even know they’re pregnant by then.

Still, limited polling suggests the bill does have support. Back in 2012 and 2013 (when similar legislation was being discussed), polls from the Columbus Dispatch and Quinnipiac University found Ohioans divided about evenly, with 46 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed, on average. The polls also showed that support for making abortions illegal once a heartbeat can be detected did not break down strictly along partisan lines. About a third of Democrats were in favor of it, while a third of Republicans were opposed. Independents split right down the middle.

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