Ohio House Passes 'Heartbeat Bill'


  • Bill Sponsor State Rep. Christina Hagan, Ohio House of Representatives

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed one of the nation's tightest laws regulating abortion after the so-called "heartbeat bill" prevailed by a 56-40, mostly party-line vote. Opponents protested and demonstrated as the proceedings dragged on toward these depressing conclusions.

Senate Bill 23 now returns to the Ohio Senate to vote on the amendments added by the Ohio, none of which do anything to protect women. Among the many failed amendments was one to introduce exceptions for rape or incest. (For more failed amendments, check out this thread.)

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has indicated he will sign the bill if it passes.

Supporters of the bill not only expect but are excited by the prospects of a prolonged court battle if the bill is signed by DeWine.

As we've noted before, courts have struck down similar heartbeat laws in other states, including North Dakota and Iowa, as recently as January.

"Ultimately, this will work its way up to the United States Supreme Court," DeWine told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt last month. "And they’ll make that decision.”

John Kasich last year vetoed the heartbeat bill, saying it likely violated the U.S. Constitution under Roe v. Wade. Instead, Kasich signed a law banning abortions after 20 weeks.

Here's everyone that voted for this unconstitutional garbage.

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