Senators consider law to have a beating heart stop abortion
For Immediate Release:
December 5, 2018
Contact: Ed Sitter, Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio,
Columbus, OH –With a packed committee room, the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee began hearings on House Bill 258, the Ohio Human Heartbeat Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Heartbeat Bill.
The legislation would have Ohio lead the nation in providing legal protection for preborn human persons, requiring abortion providers to test for the presence of a heartbeat, one of the foundational signs of life. Once a heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks gestation, performing an abortion would be a felony offense.
“We strongly believe in the humanity of the unborn from the moment of fertilization” stated Ed Sitter, President of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio (RTLACO). “It is important to pass this bill and offer protection right now to the vast majority of children who otherwise are under threat of death through abortion.”
The committee heard from the sponsors of the bill, Representatives Christina Hagan of Alliance and Ron Hood of Ashville. There were also 14 individuals who testified in support of the bill, including Meg Wittman, Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati and board member of RTLACO.
“The US Supreme Court has been moving in a direction with cases post-Roe that calls for optimism and indicates opportunity ” noted Wittman “for bold, decisive protections for the preborn like Heartbeat to be adopted by the Ohio Legislature.”
The bill is scheduled for further hearings and a potential vote today by the committee.
Cincinnati Right to Life is proud to be a member organization of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio.
The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio is an association of metropolitan, county and local pro-life organizations. RTLACO focuses on developing and strengthening local grass roots pro-life leadership, true representative governing for the statewide organization, a commitment to a consistent and holistic pro-life standard to evaluate both policies and elected officials/candidates, and collaborative engagement to develop priorities for action.