Cowardly actions spell defeat for protections for unborn babies.
For Immediate Release from the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio
December 27, 2018
Rather than doing the job the people of Ohio pay them to do, including supporting the Ohio Human Heartbeat Protection Act (House Bill 258) against a veto by outgoing Governor John Kasich, some Senate Republicans refused to deliver the necessary votes, thus ensuring that the bill would have to be reintroduced in the next Assembly.
The Ohio Human Heartbeat Protection Act, more commonly referred to as the “Heartbeat Bill”, is a bill that mandates that an abortion provider must test for the presence of a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion. Should a fetal heartbeat be detected, this bill prohibits an abortion from taking place, providing fourth degree felony penalties for an abortion provider who violates the statute.
“Ohio will remember those who balked at providing the strongest protections possible for these children,” stated Margie Christie, Vice President of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio (RTLACO) and Interim Director of Dayton Right to Life. “The lack of commitment of those members of the Senate who refused to provide the votes to make this happen after an eight-year journey will be recorded.”
The House and Senate guided their chambers to provide sufficient votes during the initial passage of the bill to ensure the 3/5 margin necessary to negate the Governor’s action, with the House voting 60-35 and the Senate following suit in a vote of 18-13, with two members who supported the bill absent that day. The Governor vetoed the measure on December 21st. The veto override attempt was successful in the House, with a vote of 60-28, but failed 19-13 after Senators Matt Dolan of Cleveland, Stephanie Kunze of Columbus, John Eklund of Geauga Co., Gayle Manning of Lorain, and Bill Beagle of Dayton would not vote for the override.
Ed Sitter, President of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, also pointed out that the stoppage of this bill does not preclude it and other pro-life bills from being introduced in the upcoming 133rd session of the Ohio General Assembly, which begins in January. “We have a full slate of initiatives to pursue, as we acknowledge that it will still take some time for the Heartbeat Bill to be finalized in the Assembly. With public statements from Governor-elect DeWine that he will sign Heartbeat, we will not be resting on our laurels but will continue to push for protections for life at every stage, from conception to natural death.”
Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati is a member organization of the
Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio.