Now Moves to the Senate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 25, 2015 (Cincinnati, OH): The Ohio House of Representatives has passed HB 69, Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill, 55-40, to protect unborn babies with a detectable beating heart, as early as six weeks gestation.
Thank you to the legislators, lobbyists, callers and all who worked and prayed in any way to bring this bill to fruition.
“After 42 years of legal abortion-on-demand many Americans are numb to abortion’s true nature, and further confused by the belief that ‘if it’s legal it must be right,'” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “The Heartbeat Bill exposes this false state of affairs.”
Rep. Stephanie Howse proposed an amendment to eliminate criminal penalties for abortionists who abort babies with a beating heart. The amendment was killed.
Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan tried to propose an amendment to include language to guarantee emergency contraception for rape victims. The amendment was rejected as not germane to the bill.
Rep. Janine Boyd proposed an amendment to protect a mother’s “religious beliefs” to choose to abort her baby with a beating heart. The amendment was killed.
Video of speakers and the vote–including moving testimony from the bill’s lead sponsors Reps. Christina Hagan and Ron Hood plus Community and Family Advancement Committee chair Rep. Tim Derickson–can be viewed online at www.ohiohouse.gov.
The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate, and must first be heard and passed in committee, before going to the full Senate for vote.