Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill has been signed by Gov. Mike DeWine. With more restrictions added by the Ohio Senate last week, the bill (SB 23) was sent to the Ohio House on Wednesday, where it passed 56-39 also clearing the Ohio Senate 18-13.
The law bans abortion at the detection of a fetal heartbeat.
SB 23 grants no exceptions in cases of rape or incest, and recently added a statute that would encourage the use of a transvaginal ultrasound, which can often detect a fetal heartbeat earlier than an external exam.
SB 23, the third Heartbeat Bill to be proposed in as many years, is part of a larger strategy to get the abortion debate back in front of the Supreme Court and overturn Roe v. Wade, says Created Equal President Mark Harrington.
“With the changing composition of the Supreme Court, there could soon be enough justices to overturn Roe v. Wade which would return the abortion issue back where it belongs to the state legislatures,” Harrington said in a press release. “This is another reason to act now. We are so proud that our Ohio legislators did the right thing and finally passed the Heartbeat Bill!”
The bill won’t immediately become law; a 90-day grace period allows time for it to face legal challenges.
Additionally, during the Heartbeat bill hearings and floor speeches pro-abortion legislators presented an amendment to allow the bill to protect all preborn children except African-American babies!
This last-minute amendment sought to change the bill to exempt African-American women—thus allowing only black babies to be killed while babies of all other ethnicities would enjoy legal protection.
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