Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Signs Bill Protecting Unborn Babies From Abortion if a Heartbeat Is Detected Into Law

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday (April 12) signed into law a bill protecting unborn babies from abortion from the moment they have a detectable heartbeat, usually around six weeks of gestation. Screen capture from NBC

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday (April 11) signed into law a bill protecting unborn babies from abortion from the moment they have a detectable heartbeat, usually around six weeks of gestation.

Even before the bill was signed, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio reportedly said it was preparing a suit to challenge to the law, something DeWine and Ohio pro-life advocates anticipated.

“Taking this action really is a kind of a time-honored tradition, the constitutional tradition of making a good faith argument for modification or reversal of existing legal precedents,” DeWine said. “So that is what this is.”

Ohio lawmakers approved the bill Wednesday (April 10) to protect babies from abortion after their heartbeats can be heard, typically at six to eight weeks of gestation.

The law passed in the House by a 56-39 vote and in the Senate by a vote of 18-3.

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Source: Baptist Press