Here’s what happens next…
For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2018
Cincinnati, OH –Yesterday, the Ohio Senate passed House Bill 258: The Human Heartbeat Protection Act, also known as the Heartbeat Bill. The legislation passed by a vote of 18 to 13, with Republican Senators Matt Dolan, Stephanie Kunze, Gayle Manning and John Eklund joining Senate Democrats in opposing the bill. Click here to see the full voter roll call.
This bill bans abortions on babies when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Heartbeat Bill is not perfect, because babies will still die from abortion. However, this bill will save thousands of babies’ lives in our state.
Prior to the floor vote, the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee added two amendments to the bill. One amendment removed the mandate for transvaginal ultrasounds, which can pick up a heartbeat as early as six weeks, and instead simply requires abdominal ultrasounds. Another amendment requires the suspension of a provider’s license who violates the provision of the bill while a criminal case is pending.
Senate Democrats attempted other amendments like rape and incest exceptions, health of the mother to include mental health, etc. These amendments were tabled.
What happens now?
Although the House already passed the bill with a veto-proof majority, they must now consider the two new amendments to the Senate version and vote again. That is scheduled to happen today.
If those amendments are accepted, the bill will be prepared and go to Governor Kasich’s desk for a potential signature.
In the state of the Ohio, the Governor is given ten days to sign a bill into law, to veto a bill, or to do nothing (in which case the bill goes into law without the Governor’s signature).
Should Governor Kasich veto the Heartbeat Bill, the legislature can be called back into session before the end of the year to override the veto. Three-fifths of members in both chambers must vote to override a veto. That will require 60 of the 99 members in the House and 20 of the 33 members in the Senate.
We must put pressure on our Governor, our Senators, and our State Representatives to ensure the Heartbeat Bill becomes law. Every day that passes, more babies die. Call our political leaders today and pray that they have the moral courage to protect our Ohio babies.
Ohioans have waited long enough for the real protection of unborn children. We strongly urge the governor to defend the defenseless and sign the Heartbeat Bill. We know now that the courts are primed to take it up.
Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati is a member organization of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio. To read their press release about the passage of the Heartbeat Bill, click here.