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Published: December 23, 2018

Republican Governor John Kasich Again Vetoes Bill Banning Abortion When Heartbeat Detected


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich has again vetoed a bill that would ban abortion when a heartbeat is detected, stating that the state would likely lose if the matter went to court and taxpayer money would consequently have to be used to pay the legal costs of abortion-supporting attorneys.

“As governor, I have worked hard to strengthen Ohio’s protections for the sanctity of human life, and I have a deep respect for my fellow members of the pro-life community and their ongoing efforts in defense of unborn life,” Kasich wrote in his veto explanation. “However, the central provision of H.B. 258, that an abortion cannot be performed if a heartbeat has been detected in the unborn child, is contrary to the Supreme Court rulings on abortion.”

“Because the lower federal courts are bound to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s precedents on abortion, H.B. 258 will likely be struck down as unconstitutional. The State of Ohio will be the losing party in that lawsuit, and as the losing party, the State of Ohio will be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover the legal fees for the pro-choice activists’ lawyers,” he outlined. “Therefore, this veto is in the public interest.”

As previously reported, the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B. 258 last month 60-35, followed by the Senate earlier this month 18-13.

“A person who intends to perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman shall determine whether

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