‘Heartbeat’ abortion legislation introduced in Ohio House following approval from Senate

‘Heartbeat’ abortion legislation introduced in Ohio House following approval from Senate
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio Senate again approved the so-called “heartbeat” abortion ban bill on Wednesday.

Led by Republican senators, the 19-13 vote now sends the legislation to the Ohio House for introduction on Thursday.

Senate Bill 23, which is sponsored by Sen. Kristina Roegner of Hudson, would ban abortions in Ohio once a fetal heartbeat is detected. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into the pregnancy.

“Today we took another important step in saving precious babies and preserving the sanctity of human life,” said Roegner. “All of Ohio’s children, born and unborn, deserve our respect and our protection throughout every stage of their life.”

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine previously indicated that he would support similar abortion legislation. John Kasich, Ohio’s former governor, vetoed past measures on two separate occasions citing the potential for costly and lengthy legal battles.

If passed, Ohio would have one of the strictest abortion measures in the United States.

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