Ohio may be the latest state to take on the merchants of death, if Gov. John Kasich steps up and signs H.B. 493, the “Heartbeat Bill.” This bill would restrict abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected–which is generally possibly just 6 weeks after conception.
Now that the bill has passed both chambers of the legislature, it’s up to Kasich to sign it.
The law, which would ban abortions after a detectable heartbeat (usually five to six weeks into a pregnancy), would be among the strictest in the nation but almost certainly would meet a challenge from the federal courts. (Federal courts quashed similar bills in North Dakota and Arkansas. The U.S. Supreme Court didn’t even bother to hear the states’ appeals in those cases.)
Kasich has not committed to signing the bill, and in 2014 expressed concerns about its legality. The irony here is that the bill owes its legislative passage to none other than Kasich’s opponent, President-elect Donald Trump.
Ohio Senate President Keith Faber said that a “new president, new Supreme Court appointees changed the dynamic.”
Now Kasich has the power to reap one of the best dividends of a Trump win, a victory for the pro-life movement, and another push for the Supreme Court to hear the inevitable legal challenge that will follow.
Liberty Counsel, which offers legal support to causes related to pro-family and religious freedom, issued a statement offering pro bono counsel and defense for the bill.
“We applaud these Ohio lawmakers and Janet Porter for their role in the passage on the Unborn Heartbeat Protection Act,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Over 54 million babies have been killed since the Roe v. Wade decision. This human genocide must end now. I urge Christians to flood Governor Kasich’s office with calls demanding he sign this bill.”
Conservatives who value every life should urge Gov. Kasich to sign the Heartbeat Bill into law. Call his office at 614-466-3555.