Ban on aborting babies with heartbeats reintroduced in Ohio
Pro-lifers in the Ohio legislature moved Tuesday to reintroduce a bill protecting preborn babies with beating hearts from abortions, confident it will finally become law now that Mike DeWine has replaced John Kasich as governor.
According to Life Site News, Senate Bill 23 is virtually identical to legislation unsuccessfully pushed last year, which would ban aborting any baby with a detectable heartbeat, except in cases of a physical threat to the mother. Preborn babies’ heartbeats can be detected around six weeks into pregnancy; violating physicians would face up to a year in prison.
State Sen. Kristina Roegner introduced the bill in the Senate Tuesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports, while state Reps. Candice Keller and Ron Hood introduced the House version the day before.
“Like an S.O.S., a child in the womb is sending a signal that we can no longer ignore,” Keller declared.
“In the wake of New York passing one of the most heinous bills in American history, Ohio has the opportunity to protect the most vulnerable in our society by enacting the Heartbeat Bill,” Citizens for Community Values president Aaron Baer said. “Now is the time for Ohio to respond and say, ‘We value ALL life!’”
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