Ohio Governor Vetoes "Heartbeat Bill" But Signs Another
The Governor of Ohio, John Kasich vetoed the "Heartbeat Bill," a proposed law that would have banned abortions in the state as soon as the heart beat of the fetus could be detected, as early as 6 weeks. Instead he signed into law a bill making it illegal to have an abortion after 20 weeks. His response to the Heartbeat Bill included,
"As Governor I have worked hard to strengthen Ohio's protections for the sanctity of human life, and I have deep respect for my fellow members of the pro-life community and their ongoing efforts in defense of unborn life."
But Kasich believes the bill is contrary to the Supreme Court's current rulings on abortion and therefore will be overturned after a lengthy lawsuit. Kasich believes the bill would have led to an expensive lawsuit resulting in thousands of tax payer dollars being wasted. Kasich, a pro-life supporter examined the results of other states that have attempted to pass bills like this and they were ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
"I agree with Ohio Right to Life and other leading, pro-life advocates that SB 127 (a 20-week ban) is the best, most legally sound and sustainable approach to protecting the sanctity of human life," Kasich said in a statement.
Mark Harrington, National Director of Created Equal was not content with the results and other pro-life groups have pledged to continue the fight to assure abortion is outlawed in the state, "History will not look kindly on Gov. Kasich for killing the best chance at protecting children that we have seen in a lifetime! This bill, which would protect babies with beating hearts, went down to defeat because Governor Kasich, who campaigned as a pro-life advocate, killed the bill. Those who bend the knee to the worst ruling in history (Roe v. Wade) are no better than the ones who wrote it."
Harrington continued in a news release, "Ohio's pro-life community will not rest until this bill is passed into law. We will never give up on protecting children."