Ohio’s ‘Heartbeat Bill’ fails
(Ohio) – A bill that would have banned abortions after when a fetal heartbeat is detected fails in the Ohio Senate.
The Senate failed to get enough votes on Thursday to override Governor John Kasich’s veto of the bill. Critics cheered, but supporters of the bill have indicated the victory for those against the bill will be short-lived. Governor-elect, Mike DeWine has noted along his campaign trail that if the bill makes it to his desk, he would sign it into law.
On Thursday, the Senate voted 19 to 13, just one vote shy of the constitutionally required 20 votes needed in order to override a veto. Earlier that day, the bill made it through the House with votes tallying 61 to 28.
According to reports, heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy, often times, before many women even know they’re pregnant.
The bill, House Bill 258, included some exceptions for the life of the mother, however, there was no specific mention of rape or incest.
Despite this ongoing debate, it won’t be long before second-trimester abortions are illegal in Ohio. Governor Kasich signed a different bill last week that would prohibit dilation and evacuation procedures, known as D&E. The procedure has been used in most abortions between 13 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.