In Ohio on Nov. 15, the Heartbeat Bill 258 passed the House 60-35. The bill will now head to the Ohio Senate before the legislative session ends in December. If this bill passes in the Senate it will ban abortions when the heartbeat is detected, around 6 weeks.
The bill had originally passed in 2016, but was vetoed by Ohio Governor John Kasich. Even though Kasich has signed into law 18 abortion regulations or restrictions, including a 20-week ban, the heartbeat bill is the single one he has vetoed. He’s also promised to veto it again. But unlike the 2016 bill, the House now has the 60 votes needed to override Kasich’s veto, if it comes to that.
State Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown,
“Abortion is an assault on the family. Abortion is an assault on Ohio because it destroys the hearts and minds of women”
She said the bill would help save 20,000 babies each year in Ohio.
According to the Ohio Department of Health
- In 2017 there were 20,893 induced abortions in Ohio, a 1-percent increase over 2016
- 11,784 were performed at nine weeks or less of gestation
- 6,084 at between nine and 12 weeks
- 2,935 at 13 to 20 weeks
- 90 at 21 weeks or more
If the current bill does not reach the governor’s office until next year, it will land on the desk of his successor, Mike DeWine, who has promised to support the legislation.
“I will sign the bill, I believe that the essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable members of society. That includes the unborn.”
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has already said it would mount a legal challenge if the bill becomes law.