Governor’s Signature Not Certain
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 6, 2016 (Cincinnati, OH) – On the heels of the Ohio Senate passing House Bill 493 child abuse reporting law including Ohio’s Unborn Heartbeat Protection bill as an amendment, the Ohio House has concurred with the Senate and passed H.B. 493 with Heartbeat protection amendment, 56-39.
Ohio’s Unborn Heartbeat Protection bill protects unborn babies with a detectable heartbeat from abortion, said to be as early as six weeks gestation. However researchers at the University of Oxford have released results of a study indicating that a baby’s heartbeat may begin as early as 16 days after conception.
H.B. 493 with Heartbeat protection amendment now goes to Governor Kasich for signature.
Note: H.B. 493 includes a budget appropriation, thus permitting the Governor to strike specific items of the bill with a line item veto.
“The Ohio House has confirmed that at the very least, unborn children with beating hearts in Ohio deserve protection and life,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.
“As our leading elected official, Cincinnati Right to Life and the entire Ohio statewide pro-life coalition expect Governor Kasich to stand firm in defense of these helpless little ones, whose lives depend on his signing H.B. 493 with the Heartbeat protection amendment intact.”
ACTION: Contact Governor John Kasich to sign H.B. 493 including the Unborn Heartbeat Protection amendment without veto.