‘Heart­beat’ abor­tion bill heads to Gov. John Ka­sich’s desk

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Brad­ford Richard­son

The Ohio Leg­is­la­ture passed a bill this week ban­ning abor­tions af­ter a baby’s first heart­beat, or roughly six weeks into a preg­nancy — a move seen by many as ev­i­dence of an em­bold­ened pro-life move­ment in re­sponse to the elec­tion of Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump.

The “Heart­beat Bill,” which was in­cluded as an amend­ment in a child abuse re­port­ing bill, heads to the desk

of Repub­li­can Gov. John Ka­sich, who has 10 days to de­cide whether to sign the bill, veto it in its en­tirety or use a line-item veto to re­move the abor­tion ban. If he does noth­ing, the bill be­comes law early next year.

The bill would give Ohio one of the most re­stric­tive poli­cies to­ward abor­tion in the na­tion. The mea­sure would make it a felony pun­ish­able by up to one year in prison for abor­tion prac­ti­tion­ers to fail to check for a fe­tal heart­beat be­fore an abor­tion or to carry out the pro­ce­dure af­ter one is de­tected.

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