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Toledo City Council passes resolution against the heartbeat bill

Only two councilmen voted against the resolution.
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TOLEDO, Ohio — The Toledo City Council approved a resolution against the heartbeat bill at their meeting Wednesday.

At one point, the meeting had to be stopped when a woman upset that the resolution passed began yelling at council members.

City council members Tom Waniewski and Rob Ludeman voted against the resolution. Council member Sandy Spang was not at the meeting and council member Gary Johnson was not present for the vote, saying he was conflicted about the resolution.

A city council resolution has the power of sending a strong message, but does very little in overruling the state law. 

The legislation passed at the statehouse would make abortions illegal after around six weeks which is when a fetal heartbeat is usually detectable.

Ed Sitter with Toledo Right to Life believes this resolution will just spread animosity and divisiveness.

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"The governor ran on the Heartbeat Bill. He told the voters he was going to if he got elected. He signed the Heartbeat Bill. The majority of Ohioans support the Heartbeat Bill," Sitter said.

Kristen Hady who works as a volunteer clinic escort coordinator at Toledo's only abortion clinic hopes the resolution will get the attention of state legislators.

"It's great to have legislators that will actually listen to the constituents and vote in their favor because Toledo is overwhelmingly pro-choice," Hady said.

The meeting was scheduled for Monday, but had to be changed because of the power outages in downtown Toledo. 

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