The Buckeye state is now the most pro-life state in the nation after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed into law legislation which bans abortions once a heartbeat is detected in an unborn child.
As the Washington Examiner reports, a fetus develops a heartbeat about five to six weeks into a pregnancy.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, signed a bill Thursday to ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected, about five to six weeks into pregnancy, making it one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.
The state legislature passed the measures on to the governor Wednesday as anti-abortion and pro-abortion groups clashed outside the state House chamber, chanting opposing slogansso loudly they could be heard across the statehouse.
The law is expected to face at least one legal challenge as the ACLU called it unconstitutional and said it directly violated Roe v. Wade.
“This legislation is blatantly unconstitutional and we will fight to the bitter end to ensure that this bill is permanently blocked,” said Ohio ACLU Legal Director Freda Levenson via the Washington Examiner. “SB 23 is one of the most aggressive, oppressive, and radical attacks against women ever seen in this state and this country.”
The signing of the bill came with expected praise from members of the pro-life community, including Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis.
“Pro-life Ohio thanks Governor DeWine for taking a courageous stand on behalf of unborn children with beating hearts,” Gonidakis said via the report.
The successful ban comes after former Ohio Governor John Kasich previously vetoed the heartbeat bill, the Hill reported in 2018:
Kasich on Friday also vetoed the so-called heartbeat bill, which would effectively ban abortions after the first few weeks of a woman’s pregnancy.
The bill passed along mostly party lines and was expected to be vetoed by Kasich, as he did in 2016 with a similar measure.
“The central provision of (the bill), that an abortion cannot be performed if a heartbeat has been detected in the unborn child, is contrary to the Supreme Court of the United States’ current rulings on abortion,” Kasich said in a statement announcing his veto, according to WKYC.
At the time, Governor-elect DeWine vowed to sign the heartbeat bill once he took office.