Abortion In Ohio: What Happens Now The 'Heartbeat Bill' Is Law?

Abortion In Ohio: What Happens Now The 'Heartbeat Bill' Is Law?”

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

A bill imposing one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation was signed into law in OH on Thursday, banning abortions after a detectable heartbeat in a long-sought victory for abortion opponents that drew an immediate constitutional challenge. The governor before him, John Kasich, had vetoed the measure twice.

"The essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us, those who do not have a voice", the governor said, reported the Columbus Dispatch. "Government's role should be to protect life from the beginning to the end, to protect those who can not protect themselves, such as the elderly, the unborn, those who are sick, those who have mental illness or have an addiction", Mr DeWine said at a mid-afternoon signing ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday. Texas is pushing a bill that would criminalize all abortions, with no exceptions for rape or incest, making it possible to charge a woman with homicide for having the procedure.

OH now joins Arkansas, North Dakota, Iowa, Kentucky and MS that have similar heartbeat laws on the books.

When that happens, it won't matter whether taxpayers agree or disagree with the bill's language because we will be on the hook for the legal fees to defend the law now on the books in the state of Ohio.

Thirteen states have introduced legislation that establishes legal protections for abortion or repeals what's viewed as "outdated" abortion laws.

Abortion-rights advocates and medical professionals say the quick timeline will make it virtually impossible for most women to have access to abortion in OH because many women don't even know they are pregnant by the time a fetus has a heartbeat detectable to an obstetrician.

In Georgia, where Kemp is expected to sign the heartbeat bill soon, more than 50 actors, including Alyssa Milano, Alec Baldwin and Amy Schumer, have threatened a campaign to pull Hollywood productions out of Georgia - a hub for TV and movie projects - if the ban is enacted.

Ohio's so-called heartbeat bill won't even get to the US Supreme Court, but it will cost OH taxpayers millions, she said.

The Ohio House had voted 56-40 and the Senate 18-13 on Wednesday to send Senate Bill 23 to Gov. DeWine's desk.

The Ohio Senate originally passed the bill last month. 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". Florida legislators also are considering a heartbeat bill. Many anti-abortion activists in favor of these bills have expressed that the ultimate goal is to overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion entirely illegal.

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