Pro-Life Legislators Not Giving Up
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 10, 2014 (Cincinnati, OH) – Despite resistance from leadership, pro-life Ohio legislators have tried during the General Assembly’s lame duck session to again pass Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill.
Rep. Matt Lynch led efforts to incorporate an amendment to the infant mortality bill, which would include the Heartbeat Bill, but the effort was thwarted by House Speaker William Batchelder. See the brief Columbus Dispatch story.
“All babies deserve protection from first spark of life,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “The reluctance of Ohio’s state legislature to protect little ones at the very least when their heartbeat can be detected is shameful.”
Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill protects unborn babies from abortion once a heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks gestation. First introduced in Ohio, the Heartbeat Bill has become a model for other states working on similar bills, and could protect 90% of the over 26,000 babies killed annually in the state by abortion on demand.