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Ohio Lawmakers Put ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban on Governor’s Desk

abortionfrom – The Daily Signal – by Leah Jessen

The Ohio Legislature has passed and sent to Gov. John Kasich’s desk a measure that would ban abortion after a baby’s heartbeat is detected, about six weeks following conception.

Lawmakers passed the Unborn Heartbeat Protection Act on Tuesday as an amendment to a child abuse and neglect bill.

If signed by Kasich, the legislation would “generally prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat,” according to the language of the bill.

“Republicans are united that abortion is unacceptable in America,” U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, said in a statement Wednesday. “Our party platform advocates for a complete ban on abortion and states that ‘the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed.’”

“Fetal heartbeat,” the bill asserts, “ … has become a key medical predictor that an unborn human individual will reach live birth.”

The Ohio House passed the bill 56-39 and the Senate 21-10.

Kasich, a Republican who generally is pro-life, has 10 days to sign or veto the legislation.

Kasich’s press secretary, Emmalee Kalmbach, would not characterize the governor’s inclination amid a flurry of activity in the Legislature’s lame-duck session.

“A hallmark of lame duck is a flood of bills, including, bills inside of bills and we will closely examine everything we receive,” Kalmbach told The Daily Signal in an email.

In 2014, however, Kasich said he had legal concerns about a “heartbeat bill,” The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

“At the moment of conception, a new and distinct human being comes into existence—someone who has inherent value and possesses a right to life,” Melanie Israel, a research associate at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “By witnessing to this fundamental truth, the pro-life movement has seen significant victories in state legislatures in recent years.”

The heartbeat abortion ban provides an exception in cases where a physician performs a medical procedure “designed or intended to prevent the death of the pregnant woman or to prevent a serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”

“The passage of this legislation in the Ohio Senate demonstrates our commitment to protecting the children of Ohio at every stage of life,” state Sen. Kris Jordan, R-Ostrander, said in remarks quoted by CNN.

Similar laws have been struck down by courts in Arkansas and North Dakota.

“A new president [and] new Supreme Court appointees change the dynamic, and there was consensus in our caucus to move forward,” Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, said, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

In Washington, Davidson said:

The protections provided in the Unborn Heartbeat Protection Amendment are a step in the right direction in protecting the most vulnerable among us, the unborn. I look forward to this becoming law and saving countless lives in Ohio.

Both pro-choice and pro-life groups, however, question the legality of such legislation.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio labeled the heartbeat bill as “dangerous.”

“Banning women from getting a medical procedure is out of touch with Ohio values and is completely unacceptable,” Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said in a prepared statement. “Clearly this bill’s supporters are hoping that President-elect Trump will have the chance to pack the U.S. Supreme Court with justices that are poised to overturn Roe vs. Wade.”

In 1973, the Supreme Court case known as Roe v. Wade made abortion legal across the nation.

“Everyone is swept up in Trumpmania, but let’s be realistic,” Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis said of the prospects of the legislation in court, according to USA Today.

His pro-life group supports a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, when scientific evidence suggests unborn babies feel pain, but was neutral on the heartbeat bill.

“Both are previability [abortion] bans, but we believe [the 20-week ban] is the best strategy for overturning Roe v. Wade and will ultimately prove most palatable to the Supreme Court,” Katherine Franklin, a spokeswoman for Ohio Right to Life, told The Hill.

Heritage’s Israel, however, said the Ohio measure has value:

Advancing policies that protect the most vulnerable and defenseless among us will help hasten the day when every human being, from the moment of conception, is protected in law and welcomed in life.

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Uncommon Common Sense
6 years ago

Great idea. So if ultrasound tests show the child has an underdeveloped brain and cannot possibly survive outside the womb this bill would require the mother to carry it full term. Doesn’t meet my test of being a good Christian to force someone else to bear a burden they don’t have to in order to assuage my beliefs. Keep the decision in the hands of the parents until the third trimester because the law cannot possibly cover all contingencies humanely.

Brian Garrison
6 years ago

This is a huge step forward. Kasich is a d-bag and probably won’t sign the bill, but we can pray and hope.

6 years ago

To John, I ask, why is it ‘none of the government’s business’ when it’s murder?? Do ;you feel the same way about all murders?

al wanamaker
6 years ago

“Republicans are united…..” don’t think so. But contraception is free in most cases, and seems to be effective in 99+%. And there are more than one form of bc. So if it’s ovulation time and they still want to have sexual relations, use every form of bc available. Abortion should be very restrictive in its applicationw

John Degges
6 years ago

What is illegal about protecting an individual’s life?

Dolores Adams
6 years ago

One way to prevent abortion. If you must have sex and don’t want to get pregnant, use protection!

6 years ago

I applaud the Ohio legislature for their stance. I hope there is provision to protect the mother. Also, I am concerned for victims of rape and incest

6 years ago

It’s none of the governments business, one way or the other. The decision should be among the parents, and their God. Uncle should keep his big nose out of it!

Tom Wilde
6 years ago

Since when did protecting human life become “Trumpmania”?

Lefties are completely lost in their ghoulish desire to slaughter the utterly defenseless unborn. Hey, Lefty-Loons, try contraception instead of murder. Isn’t that what PLANNED parenthood is all about? Or do you all just PLAN to kill off any “mistake” you make?

God said in the Bible that He knew us in the womb. Where does having a “detectable” heartbeat come into that? Life begins at conception. Period.

And, does anyone trust Kasich to make the right decisions anymore?

6 years ago
Reply to  Tom Wilde

Kasich is not as Christian as he tried to make people think. I don’t think he will sign this bill. He also should change his party to Independent since he’s proven he doesn’t really a conservative. He is really bitter about having to pull out of the race and is showing his vengeful side. Doesn’t that sound like the Liberal crybabies?

6 years ago
Reply to  HAM

I agree that Kasich will NOT sign this bill. He’s a moderate Progressive who has been trying to pass himself off as a “conservative” and been somewhat successful at fooling an apparently large group of people to date. Much like Romney and Jeb Bush have managed to do. Although the term “conservative” can refer to either fiscal, constitutional or social, so that’s a kind of catch-all term at this point, Kasich really doesn’t fit into any of those types of conservatives. Given the way he behaved throughout the primary process and then during the convention, by boycotting the event held in his own state, and then the actual presidential race, I half expected he would have announced that he was switching to either the Independent or Democrat Party after Trump won. I guess he’s holding off on that until his term as Governor is over and it’s 18 to 24 months before the next Presidential election for fund raising purposes.

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