Ohio Passes ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Bill

Eschewing the approach taken by Tennessee’s Senate Judiciary Committee, the Ohio House of Representatives passed its own fetal heartbeat bill this week and the Ohio Senate, which had passed the bill in March, quickly approved changes made by the House. It has now been signed by the governor. The bill prohibits abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, which is generally at about the sixth week of pregnancy.

“Since 1973, countless unborn children have lost their lives to abortion in Ohio. Thanks to the compassion and commitment of the Ohio General Assembly, the Buckeye state will end this atrocity,” said Aaron Baer, president of Citizens for Community Values, in a press release.

Naturally, pro-abortion groups threaten to fight back. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland suggests that gerrymandering allowed conservatives to capture the legislative seats necessary to pass bills such as this and, viewing that as an abuse of power, she stated, “We will work day and night to upend this attack on democracy to ensure that Ohio will once again have fair elections that result in elected officials that share our values and support reproductive freedom.”

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