Ohio Heart Beat Bill, HB 258 under review by the House Committee to vote on the amendments made by the Senate. The Senate approved the bill on Dec 12, 2018 in a vote 18-13-1. The House originally approved the bill on Dec 6, 2018 with enough votes to override a veto. The Heartbeat Bill, if made law, would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat was detectable using outside instruments. This would save thousands of babies as it would lower the abortion timeline from the current 20 weeks to 6 weeks. Unfortunately, Governor Kasich, who vetoed the similar bill in 2016, has stated that he will veto the bill. The timing most likely will not allow for reconvening of the House and Senate to override the veto.
Alabama Supreme Court calls SCOTUS to OVERTURN Roe V. Wade On Oct 19, the Alabama Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case of Jesse Phillips v State of Alabama that "the value of the life of an unborn child is no less than the value of the lives of other persons." In 2012, Jessie Phillips was convicted of murdering his wife and their unborn child. He appealed his conviction arguing that he shouldn't receive the death penalty because his 6-8 week preborn child should not be considered a person under Alabama law. However, under the state legislation called the "Brody Act" passed in 2006, the definition of a person includes an unborn child. Justice Tom Parker wrote a concurring opinion in which he called on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe V Wade and send the decision back to the states. He said, "It is my hope and prayer that the US Supreme Court will take note of the crescendoing chorus of the laws of the states in which unborn children are given full legal protection and all the states to recognize and defend the inalienable right to life possessed by every unborn child, even when that right must trump the 'right of a woman to obtain an abortion.'
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