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Breaking News! Ohio Heartbeat Bill Signed into Law by Governor DeWine

Thu, Apr 11th, 2019 3:57:13 pm

Breaking News! Ohio Heartbeat Bill Signed into Law by Governor DeWine

Today Governor Mike DeWine made good on his promise to Ohio voters by signing into law Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill S.B.23, known as The Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act, sponsored by State Senator Kristina Roegner of Ohio’s 27th district. Yesterday both the Ohio House and Senate passed the amended bill which is now one of the nation’s strongest abortion bans. The legislation restricts an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill also has stricter penalties for physicians performing an abortion.

OCA President Chris Long stated, "This is a great step forward in the protection of human life. Ohio was one of the first states to introduce the Heartbeat Bill legislation back in 2011. Since that time, 21 other states have introduced or passed Heartbeat Bill-style legislation to protect unborn human life. The courts have already begun to review the law by the various states. It is just a matter of time before the Heartbeat Bill makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Elections have consequences. Here in Ohio, we have surveyed candidates for the past eight years on the question of whether they would prohibit abortion when there is a detectable heartbeat. In the 2018 Gubernatorial contest, Governor Mike DeWine answered the question in the affirmative. His opponent, Richard Cordray, did not support the Heartbeat Bill. Thankfully, Governor DeWine made good on his promise and signed the legislation into law today. Some revisions were adopted in the bill's language strengthening the legislation and giving it specific definition."

We want to express our thanks to the House and Senate members who voted in support of S.B. 23. We also want to thank Dr. Kathi Aultman of the Lozier Institute and Attorney Josh Brown, who both testified in support of the legislation. There were more than 80 pro-life proponents that came in to give testimony in support of S.B. 23, Ohio's Heartbeat Bill sending a strong message that Ohio is a Pro-Life State.




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