OHIO SENATE DELIVERS THE BEATING HEART
Majority approves passage of the Heartbeat Bill
For Immediate Release: March 13, 2019
Contact: Meg Wittman, Executive Director
COLUMBUS–After an intense and very personal debate, including a pro-abortion activist being escorted from the Senate Chamber after an extended outburst, the Ohio Senate voted 19-13 in favor of passage of Substitute Senate Bill 23, The Ohio Human Heartbeat Protection Act. Republican legislators Stephanie Kunze of Columbus, John Eklund of Geauga County, Nathan Manning of Lorain and Matt Dolan of Cuyahoga County joined Democratic legislators in voting against the Heartbeat Bill.
Sponsored by Senator Kristina Roegner of Hudson, the bill would prohibit an abortion of unborn child with a detectable heartbeat. A series of amendments to add exceptions and expand abortions under the bill were tabled.
“Our members are extremely pleased the Ohio Senate has delivered on passing this vital legislation” stated Margie Christie, President of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio. “The Senate has always been a major hurdle, and now it is cleared.”
Senate Bill 23 has been noted as the strongest pro-life measure to pass in Ohio since the advent of the Roe v. Wade decision. Supporters are optimistic the legislation’s provisions will withstand constitutional scrutiny of the United States Supreme Court. “The time is now, Heartbeat is the vehicle and the Supreme Court is the destination” observed Linda Theis, President Elect of RTLACO. “The protection of the lives of tens of thousands of defenseless children here in Ohio, and numerous more across the country, is the goal.”
The measure now moves to the Ohio House, where hearings are anticipated to begin the week of March 18. The Ohio House, having passed four previous versions, is expected to quickly move the bill through the process and forward it to Governor Mike DeWine for his signature.
Cincinnati Right to Life is proud to be a member organization of the
Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio