To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

Ohio Senate Passes Pro-life Heartbeat Bill Identical to One Vetoed by Kasich Last Year; Gov. DeWine in Favor

Calvin Freiburger : Mar 15, 2019

The Ohio House is all but certain to send the bill to DeWine's desk. It passed overwhelmingly in the previous session, and the House currently has 60 Republicans to 38 Democrats.

airlift[] The Ohio Senate voted Wednesday to pass legislation that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, moving the long-awaited measure one step closer to finally becoming law. (Image: Pixabay)

Senate Bill 23 is virtually identical to legislation unsuccessfully pushed last year, which would ban aborting any baby with a detectable heartbeat, except in cases of a physical threat to the mother. Preborn babies' heartbeats can be detected around six weeks into pregnancy; violating physicians would face up to a year in prison.

The bill passed the chamber on a 19-13 vote, reports. It followed an 8-4 vote from the Senate Health Committee the day before, during which Democrat state Sen. Nickie Antonio tried and failed to add rape and incest exceptions.

During the floor debate the bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Kristina Roegner, criticized the US Supreme Court's "viability" standard for abortion's permissibility as a "moving target" subject to change based on medical advancements or the healthcare available to a particular woman, rather than any innate characteristics of the preborn child.

"We need a new standard," she argued. "The heartbeat bill provides a sensible solution."

The vote fell mostly along party lines, though GOP state Sens. John Eklund, Matt Dolan, Nathan Manning, and Stephanie Kunze joined Democrats in opposing it. Eklund declared he couldn't support it without rape or incest exceptions, because while in "every case" of abortion "the victim is innocent," rape and incest leaves two victims and a "dilemma" he was "not altogether sure the legislature should be making for that mother."

"How a human is conceived doesn't make it any more or less human," Roegner argued in response to calls for rape or incest exceptions.

Last December, the legislature came one vote short of overriding a veto by former Gov. John Kasich, who claimed the heartbeat bill was "contrary to the Supreme Court of the United States' current rulings on abortion" and therefore wouldn't be worth the cost of a drawn-out legal battle. Many pro-lifers note that nearly every pro-life law, no matter how modest, results in a legal battle... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

Continue reading here.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

Irish Citizens Could Go to Prison for Just Shopping in Israel if This New Anti-Israel Law is Passed

Los Angeles Bans Travel to Alabama, Calling Pro-Life Law an "Act of Aggression"

FACT CHECK: Ilhan Omar Is Spreading a Big Lie About Recently Passed Pro-Life Heartbeat Bills

Put Down the Starbucks! This Coffee Co. Alternative Supports LIFE, and Also Helps Single Moms

Tearful Theresa May Resigns after Brexit Failure: "No Ill Will"

"Wall of Answered Prayer" to Make "Good News Contagious" in UK: Will Celebrate Christian Heritage and Inspire Nation to Pray

"Lost Tomb" of Famed Warrior King Robert the Bruce Interred in Ancient Scottish Church

HEALTH: Civil War Era Plant Medicines Blast Drug-Resistant Bacteria

President Trump and First Lady Visit Arlington Cemetery to Pay Their Respects to America's Fallen Soldiers

Local Business Keeps Flying Giant American Flag Despite $11k in Fines from North Carolina City Gov; and Their Petition is Growing

Navy's Famous Top Gun School 50th Anniversary: Founder Says God was His "Co-Pilot" While Creating Training Program; "I Prayed for the Gift of Discernment"

New York Times Reports "Religious Conservative" Wives are the Happiest: Social Media Completely Loses It

FBI Presents Award to Baptist Church for Fighting against Human Trafficking

Millennial Evangelicals More Likely To Attend Church Weekly Than Older Generations, Poll Finds

Catastrophic Tornado Devastates Capital of Missouri, Leaves at Least 3 Dead: More Tornadoes, Flooding Expected

5 Surprising, Diverse Public Figures Speak Out against the 'Equality Act': "We're Talking about Civil TYRANNY, Not Civil Rights"

"They're ridiculous": Rep. Jim Jordan Says Democrats Are Plotting a 'Coordinated Effort' to Try to Take Down President Trump

Americans "Outraged" That Taliban Sympathizer and Traitor John Walker Lindh to be Released Early From Prison

US Ambassador to Israel Compares President Trump and President Morales of Guatemala to "Joshua and Caleb"

"Deal of the Century" for Mid-East Peace to Be Unveiled in Bahrain

Search the Articles Archives

Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year

To Order by Phone Call: 1-866-354-5245 (1-541-926-3250 outside the U.S.)

BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement

An BCN Paid Advertisement
BCN Store
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner

Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor

Teresa Neumann
Teresa Neumann, Reporter

BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
An ElijahList Paid Advertisement
BCN Contact Info

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2017. All Rights Reserved.

Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.