Anti-abortion ‘heartbeat bill’ does not receive enough Senate votes to override Gov. Kasich’s veto

Anti-abortion ‘heartbeat bill’ does not receive enough Senate votes to override Gov. Kasich’s veto
(Source: ohio.org)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Ohio’s lawmakers reconvened Thursday morning during an attempt to override several of the governor’s vetoes.

Ohio General Assembly held rare special session to push through vetoed legislation

The Republican-led Ohio House voted 60-28 to successfully override Gov. John Kasich’s veto on House Bill 258, also known as the “Heartbeat Bill," despite objections from Democrats who argued that the bill is unconstitutional.

The legislation then moved to the Senate, who voted 19-13. Twenty votes are required to override the governor’s veto.

The controversial legislation, which would have banned abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat could be detected, was vetoed by Gov. Kasich on Dec. 21 for the second time in 2 years.

He most recently said that passing House Bill 258 into law would cost Ohio taxpayers because the state would “be the losing party in that lawsuit.”

House Bill 258 was introduced by Republican Reps. Christina Hagan and Ron Hood.

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