Ohio Governor Signs Heartbeat Abortion Ban, Says 'Most Vulnerable' Need Protecting

Ohio becomes the latest state with a heartbeat abortion ban, but will likely face legal challenges

Ohio becomes the latest state with a heartbeat abortion ban, but will likely face legal challenges

DeWine's signature makes OH the fifth state to ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat.

OH has now added itself to a growing list of states where the governor has signed a ban on abortions after a heartbeat can be detected. The bill had previously been vetoed twice by DeWine's predecessor John Kasich, R-Ohio.

"The essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us, those who don't have a voice", DeWine said as he signed the bill, according to NPR.

The Ohio Heartbeat bill, or Ohio Senate Bill 23, makes no exceptions in occasions of rape or incest and is notoriously one of the strictest abortion bans in the country. Similar fetal laws have been passed in North Dakota, Arkansas, Kentucky, Iowa and MS, but they all have been ruled unconstitutional when challenged in court.

"While other states embrace radical legislation to legalize abortion on demand through the ninth month of pregnancy, OH has drawn a line and continues to advance protections for unborn babies".

Rather than dealing with infant mortality or children's health insurance, the Ohio GOP is pushing plainly unconstitutional legislation that is created to ban abortion in the state.

A transvaginal ultrasound scan can sometimes detect the foetal heartbeat as early as five weeks gestation, before most women even know they are pregnant. "And we've talked a lot about the 95% of the time that we are going to agree, maybe not on the direction, maybe not what we want to do as a state but 95% of the time, we are going to be out there working on things that....you know jobs packages, education issues....things like that....and the 5% that are issues that are volatile issues that Republicans and Democrats traditionally don't agree upon, we can't dwell on those issues", Householder said. The ACLU of OH announced it will sue to stop the law, which the group says "virtually bans all abortion care".

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Schneller said she is skeptical the reconfigured court will overturn or weaken Roe, as abortion foes are hoping: "Over 45 years, the court has had different compositions, and we've always gotten the same answer".

Kemp said this week that he plans to sign the bill by May 10.

The heartbeat bills in particular have alarmed many women.

After hearing testimony from lawmakers and advocates, the Ohio House passed the bill Wednesday afternoon, 56-40, and the Ohio Senate quickly followed to affirm the changes, 18-12.

OH has passed a law making it illegal to procure an abortion after six weeks gestation. Additionally, the woman getting the abortion would be obligated to sign papers conceding she is allowing the abortion, and that "the unborn human individual that the pregnant woman is carrying has a fetal heartbeat and that the pregnant woman is aware of the statistical probability of bringing the unborn human individual that the pregnant woman is carrying to term".

"Pro-life Ohio thanks Governor DeWine for taking a courageous stand on behalf of unborn children with beating hearts", said Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis in a statement.

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