OHIO SENATE DELIVERS THE BEATING HEART Majority approves passage of the Heartbeat Bill
COLUMBUS--After an intense, and at some points very personal debate, including a pro-abortion protester being escorted from the chamber after an extended outburst, the Ohio Senate voted in favor of passage of Substitute Senate Bill 23, the Ohio Human Heartbeat Protection Act by the vote of 19-13. Republican members Stephanie Kunze of Columbus, John Eklund of Geauga County, Nathan Manning of Lorain and Matt Dolan of Cuyahoga County joined Democrats to vote against the bill.
Sponsored by Senator Kristina Roegner of Hudson, the bill would prohibit abortions upon unborn children upon the detection of a fetal heartbeat. A series of amendments to add exceptions and expand abortions under the bill were tabled. "Our members are extremely pleased that the Ohio Senate has delivered on the passage of this vital legislation" stated Margie Christie, President of Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio (RTLACO). "The Senate has always been a major hurdle, and now it is cleared."
Senate Bill 23 has been noted as the strongest pro-life measure to pass in Ohio since the advent of the Roe decision. Supporters are optimistic that the legislation's provisions will withstand constitutional scrutiny of the United States Supreme Court. "The time is now, Heartbeat is the vehicle, and the Supreme Court is the destination" observed Linda Theis, President Elect of RTLACO. "The protection of the lives of tens of thousands of defenseless children here in Ohio, and numerous more across the country, is the goal." The measure now moves to the Ohio House, where hearings are anticipated to begin the week of March 18. The House, having passed four previous versions, is expected to quickly move the bill through the process and forward it to Governor Mike DeWine.
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