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


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

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill into law Thursday that bans abortion when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected, although he acknowledged legal challenges will decide its fate. 

“It is the right thing to do,” DeWine, a Republican, said at the signing ceremony.

The bill, SB 23, passed the Ohio House of Representatives 56-40 and the Senate 18-13 this week, sending it to DeWine. Republicans control both chambers. The previous governor, John Kasich, had vetoed such a bill, saying he supported the concept but that it would be struck down as unconstitutional, as has happened in other states. 

The bill says “no person shall knowingly and purposefully perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman before determining… whether the unborn human individual the pregnant woman is carrying has a detectable heartbeat.” Ohio Right to Life says an abdominal ultrasound can detect a heartbeat between eight and 12 weeks of a pregnancy.

“Governor DeWine continues to prove his commitment to the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, vice president and executive director of Ohio Right to Life.

DeWine made a similar argument during the signing ceremony.

“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…

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