One of the toughest anti-abortion bills in the country is close to becoming law in Ohio
June 28, 2011 at 9:14 PM EST - Updated June 24 at 1:19 PM
COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO)
The Ohio House of Representatives passed two major pro-life bills Tuesday afternoon, including a ban on late-term abortions and a provision to opt Ohio out of taxpayer abortion coverage under the new federal healthcare law.
It's called the Heartbeat Bill and it would ban all abortions after the first detectable heartbeat.
Both strategically crafted bills withstood attempts at pro-abortion amendments and emerged from the House floor with overwhelming bipartisan support. House Bill 78 was passed by an astounding 64 to 32 vote and House Bill 79 was passed by a 62 to 35 vote.
"We've seen this coming for a while," said Chris France.
Chris France is the Executive Director of Preterm, a non profit, abortion clinic in Cleveland.
"It would affect upwards of 20,000 women in Ohio every year," said Chris France. "One in three women will have an abortion during their lifetimes. Two-thirds already have children, they know what it take to be a good parent, they want to be a good parent."
But Tuesday, the Heartbeat Bill passed its first hurdle. State House members approved the bill. Leading Mike Gonidakis the Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life to call it: "A defining moment in Ohio history for the right to life movement."
"It's blatantly unconstitutional! And it hurts women," said Chris France. "It would clearly be challenged and taxpayer dollars would be used to fight that challenge."
"The passing of our legislation is a defining moment in Ohio history for the pro-life movement," said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life. "Our late term abortion ban is part of a national strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade and today Ohio is one step closer to joining other states such as Indiana, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma who are currently saving these babies lives," said Gonidakis.
The Late-Term Abortion Ban is expected to advance directly to the Senate floor, where a pro-life super majority exists.
Chris France says if the bill goes on to pass the Senate it will most certainly be challenged in court.
If passed here, it would make the Buckeye State the most restrictive state in the nation when it comes to abortions.