Congress to Consider Protecting Unborn Babies with Beating Hearts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 13, 2017 (Cincinnati, OH) – During the Ohio legislature’s lame duck session the last few weeks of December, both the Ohio Senate and House passed Ohio’s Unborn Heartbeat Protection bill, as an amendment to House Bill 493 child abuse reporting law.
Despite widespread grassroots support, Governor Kasich line item vetoed the amendment. Legislators did not return to Columbus to override any governor veto, thus the bill died at the end of the year.
Now Iowa Representative Steve King has introduced a Heartbeat Bill in Congress.
In a press release on this bill at the federal level, Representative King states, “My legislation will require all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child. If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected.”
In Ohio, efforts have been in progress since 2011 to pass a Heartbeat Bill, which has broad grassroots support, while increasing public awareness as to the true nature of abortion and its assaults on women and men and their unborn children.
“Elected officials are to protect citizens,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “If Governor Kasich can’t sign a bill to protect tiny unborn babies with beating hearts from abortion violence, hopefully Congress can ensure their lives.”