Next Stop – Ohio Senate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 16, 2018 (Cincinnati, OH) – House Bill 258, the Human Heartbeat Protection Act (Heartbeat Bill) passed the Ohio House of Representatives on November 15th by a vote of 60-35. This bill prohibits a doctor from committing an abortion if a heartbeat can be detected. Ohio’s Heartbeat law will protect a significant number of unborn babies by prohibiting abortion of those with a detectable heartbeat, as early as six weeks gestation.
Since 2011, pro-life organizations have supported efforts around Ohio’s human heartbeat protection strategy. In 2016, the Heartbeat Bill passed the Ohio House and Senate, but was ultimately vetoed by Governor Kasich. This time, the super majority vote of 60 in favor makes this bill veto-proof!
“We are grateful to the 60 men and women who voted yesterday to protect innocent human life. If this bill becomes law, we know it will save many lives,” said Meg Wittman, Executive Director of Cincinnati Right to Life. “We call upon Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof to hold a vote on the Senate floor as soon as possible. Babies are dying, and the time to act is now.”
The bill will now go through Senate hearings and a Senate vote. It is expected to pass the Ohio Senate. If passed, it will go to the Governor’s desk.
Contact: Meg Wittman, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, 513/728-7870.