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