COLUMBUS, Ohio, January 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-lifers in Ohio are furious after a last-minute reversal by a Republican lawmaker single-handedly sustained outgoing Gov. John Kasich’s veto of legislation to protect preborn babies as soon as their heartbeats can be detected.
In November and December, the Ohio legislature voted to pass House Bill 258, which would have banned abortions on any baby with a detectable heartbeat, except in cases of a physical threat to the mother. Preborn babies’ hearts finish forming around seven or eight weeks into pregnancy; violating physicians would face up to a year in prison.
Kasich vetoed the bill last month, claiming that while he has “worked hard to strengthen Ohio’s protections for the sanctity of human life,” HB 258 was “contrary to the Supreme Court of the United States’ current rulings on abortion.” Numerous pro-life leaders forcefully denounced the governor’s action, arguing that President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees have created an opportunity to challenge Roe v. Wade.
Last week the House mustered 61 votes to override the veto, but the Senate fell one vote short of the 20 needed, Statehouse News Bureau reports, amid pro-abortion protests and last-minute pro-life lobbying from Faith2Action president Janet Porter. Ohio Right
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