Ohio lawmakers introduce heartbeat bill again, hoping new governor will sign


Another set of ‘heartbeat bills’ has been introduced in the Ohio Legislature for yet another try at the governor’s desk – bills that would ban abortions after a preborn child’s heartbeat can be detected, around six weeks gestation. Now that John Kasich — the Republican governor who vetoed heartbeat bills not once but twice — has left office, Governor Mike DeWine (formerly the state’s attorney general) has indicated that he would sign the bill if it was passed by the Legislature again.

After Kasich vetoed the bill late last year, the Legislature failed by just one vote to override that veto. Kasich once claimed in a CNN interview that the human rights issue of abortion — the deliberate killing of preborn human beings — is an issue on which “we focus too much.” Fox 8 Cleveland notes that when in office, “Kasich signed other abortion-limiting legislation but said enacting the heartbeat bill would lead to a costly court battle and it would likely be found unconstitutional.”

READ: Iowa judge strikes down ‘heartbeat law,’ calls preborn child ‘potential life’

But in this current climate in which pro-abortion lawmakers and officials have swung so far to the left as to endorse infanticide, Republican lawmakers in both the Ohio House and Senate have already introduced versions of the bill which would save lives starting in the first trimester of pregnancy. According to the Washington Post, “Republican Reps. Ron Hood, of Ashville, and Candice Keller, of Middletown, said they filed the latest version of the bill [House Bill 68] on Monday with 50 cosponsors — a majority of the House.” Sen. Kristina Roegner introduced the bill (Senate Bill 23) in the Senate on Tuesday, along with 18 other cosponsors.

A child at six weeks gestation has brain waves, optic fibers, cerebrospinal fluid, a beating heart since 16-21 days of development, and more. In the video below, you can see a recognizable human being at just 7 weeks:

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