DeWine signs heartbeat abortion bill

Lester Mason
April 14, 2019

Mike DeWine signed the state's so-called "heartbeat" abortion bill, enshrining into law one of the country's most restrictive abortion bans. The bill had previously been vetoed twice by DeWine's predecessor John Kasich, R-Ohio.

"The essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us, those who do not have a voice", DeWine said during the signing ceremony at the Statehouse in Columbus. "Government's role should be to protect life from the beginning to the end".

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection rates are increasing among women under age 40 who haven't received the HPV vaccination; Ride Aid will stop the sale of e-cigarettes over the next 90 days; the OH governor signed a ban on abortion after a detectable heartbeat with no exceptions for pregancies resulting from rape or incest. Similar fetal laws have been passed in North Dakota, Arkansas, Kentucky, Iowa and MS, but they all have been ruled unconstitutional when challenged in court.

The debate over such a ban in Georgia is ongoing, and the state's legislature has approved of the bill but it is awaiting the governor's signature.

Even before the bill was signed, the American Civil Liberties Union of OH reportedly said it was preparing a suit to challenge to the law, something DeWine and OH pro-life advocates anticipated.

The bill says "no person shall knowingly and purposefully perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman before determining... whether the unborn human individual the pregnant woman is carrying has a detectable heartbeat".

According to an analysis of the bill by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, abortion providers are required to keep documention of a woman's medical issues for seven years.

The ACLU of OH said it will sue to overturn the law. Since taking office in January, DeWine had said he planned to sign whichever version of the heartbeat bill ended up on his desk. Meanwhile, this legal fight will cost OH taxpayers millions of dollars.

In Georgia, where Kemp is expected to sign the heartbeat bill soon, more than 50 actors, including Alyssa Milano, Alec Baldwin and Amy Schumer, have threatened a campaign to pull Hollywood productions out of Georgia - a hub for TV and movie projects - if the ban is enacted.

The law passed in the House by a 56-39 vote and in the Senate by a vote of 18-3.

A foetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The law will punish doctors and other practitioners who perform abortions after they detect a heartbeat or if they fail to perform an abdominal or transvaginal ultrasound to check for a heartbeat. The legislation also allows the State Medical Board to take disciplinary actions against doctors found in violation and impose penalties of up to $20,000.

'The heartbeat bill is the next incremental step in our strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade, ' said Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis.

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