A Bill Banning Most Abortions Becomes Law In Ohio

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A Bill Banning Most Abortions Becomes Law In Ohio

DeWine's signature makes OH the fifth state to ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed a bill that would make it illegal to carry out an abortion once a foetal heartbeat is detected.

Similar bills had been proposed in OH in the past, but the state's last Republican governor, John Kasich, vetoed those saying that they were unconstitutional.

"The function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us, those who do not have a voice". "Government's rule should be to protect life from the beginning to the end, to protect those who can not protect themselves". Texas is pushing a bill that would criminalize all abortions, with no exceptions for rape or incest, making it possible to charge a woman with homicide for having the procedure.

North Dakota and Arkansas have also passed heartbeat bills, but federal courts ruled them unconstitutional.

As soon as DeWine signed the OH bill into law, the state's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced that they will be challenging it in court. But regardless of what happens with Ohio's bill, which in recent days has been renamed the "Human Rights Protection Act", the sting in the legislature is palpable.

The ACLU of OH promised to challenge the new law with a lawsuit, calling the ban unconstitutional. "And we've talked a lot about the 95% of the time that we are going to agree, maybe not on the direction, maybe not what we want to do as a state but 95% of the time, we are going to be out there working on things that....you know jobs packages, education issues....things like that....and the 5% that are issues that are volatile issues that Republicans and Democrats traditionally don't agree upon, we can't dwell on those issues", Householder said.

Federal judges in Kentucky and Iowa have blocked the laws or struck them down as unconstitutional.

Schneller said she is skeptical the reconfigured court will overturn or weaken Roe, as abortion foes are hoping: "Over 45 years, the court has had different compositions, and we've always gotten the same answer".

EMILY's List, a national group that supports candidates who favor abortion rights, also decried the OH bill, as did the Democratic National Committee.

The Ohio House on April 10 voted 56-40 in favour of the bill. Another bill in Georgia has yet to be signed by the governor. The Ohio Senate subsequently failed to override the governor's veto, and the bill did not pass. The state of Texas allows capital punishment for homicide, which means if a woman gets an abortion, she is subjected to the death penalty.

Some anti-abortion groups have declined to endorse the heartbeat bills, signaling doubts about their prospects.

Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis called the law "the first step" in overturning Roe v. Wade nationwide.

Currently, Ohio prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and lawmakers in 2018 passed a law banning the "dilation and evacuation" method of abortion used most commonly after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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