Ohio House approves ban on abortions after heartbeat

June 29, 2011

The Ohio House of Representatives voted 54 to 43 this week to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which is usually around 6 or 7 weeks, Reuters reports. The bill does not include exceptions for rape, incest, or the mother's health, making it perhaps the most restrictive abortion legislation to pass a U.S. house of law in recent memory.

The good news for now is that Ohio's Republican-heavy Senate will reportedly not vote on the issue until the fall, allowing time for defenders of women's reproductive rights to organize opposition. Furthermore, even if passed by the Senate and signed by Republican Gov. John Kasich, the legislation would face an immediate legal challenge and uphill legal battle. The Supreme Court ruled in the 1973 case Roe v. Wade that a woman has a right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, usually between 22 and 24 weeks.

Proponents of the measure actually welcome a legal challenge, in hopes that courts will decide in their favor. Yet even the pro-life lobby group Ohio Right to Life opposes the so-called "heartbeat bill" on the grounds that the courts would almost certainly strike down the bill, and that defending it would cost hundreds of thousands of taxpayer's dollars. 

The Center for Inquiry's Office of Public Policy will continue to track this issue and keep you informed about any movement.


#1 neolib=plndr on Wednesday June 29, 2011 at 10:13pm

“Ohio’s Republican-heavy Senate” is plundering. The issue of abortion has nothing to do w/ saving one life; it’s all about the sovereignty of Labor—repealing Roe will weaken Labor even further. It is the same w/ Senate Bill 5.
  One of the best ways used to weaken a society is to attack its’ women. And as you know, when women in a society aren’t safe and don’t feel safe…then no one is safe. Repealing Roe will bring this country to its knees. Another method is to attack gays and lesbians, and yet another—squash trade unions and collective bargaining rights. All of which is an attack upon Labor.
  So realize repealing Roe has nothing to do w/ saving a life, committing genocide(i.e. against Ugandan gays, for example) or ‘criminalizing’ sexuality has nothing to do w/ sex nor does decimating collective bargaining bring stability of any sort to a community. It is a lie, it is an effort to splinter Labor—that is the bottom line.
  And of course ‘religion’ will be used as a ‘carrot’ at the end of a stick, sort of a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ thing. LOL
  It is tragic.
1) You can not subjugate humanity to any capacity, it       doesn’t work, it never has. The misuse of natural resources including Labor is groundless and will only lead to ‘further breaking’.
  This is why the planet Earth is melting.

#2 Michael De Dora on Tuesday July 12, 2011 at 9:29am

The Huffington Post has an interesting follow-up story on how this bill has divided anti-abortion groups:


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