RTLACO urges full Senate to adopt life-saving bill
March 13, 2019
Contact: Margie Christie, President, 937-461-3625
COLUMBUS–After an extended amendment attack designed to cause failure, the Heartbeat Bill (Substitute Senate Bill 23) remained strong and was reported out from the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee on a vote of 8-4, with Republican Sen. Stephanie Kunze joining committee Democrats in opposition. The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio (RTLACO) strongly supports the passage of Senate Bill 23.
The committee, chaired by Senator Dave Burke, adopted a substitute version which modified certain stipulations within the original bill to strengthen the life-preserving provisions of the bill, which prohibits abortions once a fetal heartbeat is discovered utilizing standard medical practice procedures.
“We applaud the thoughtful and patient work of the Senate Health Committee” stated Margie Christie, President of RTLACO and Executive Director of Dayton Right to Life. “To have Senate Bill 23 poised to pass in the Ohio Senate is a great step forward.”
Subject to multiple hours of debate and hundreds of witnesses, the legislation found multiple attempts by Democrats to add harmful weakening amendments to the bill voted down largely along party lines. “Those who want Ohio to look like New York desperately attempted to make a life-affirming bill anything but” noted Molly Smith, President Elect of RTLACO and President of Cleveland Right to Life. “Thanks to a solidly pro-life majority of the committee, those attempts were fruitless.”
Senate Bill 23 is scheduled for a vote of the full Senate today!
Cincinnati Right to Life is proud to be a member organization of the
Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio