Ohio Governor Says No To Heartbeat Abortion Law
Governor’s veto could still be overridden by lawmakers
Photo of Governor Kasich by Gage Skidmore
The controversial heartbeat abortion bill was quickly dismissed by Ohio Governor John Kasich in favor of a more widely received abortion law that bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy instead of a possible 6 weeks that was required by the heartbeat bill.
The BBC reports Kasich said the second bill was the “best, most legally sound and sustainable approach to protecting the sanctity of human life”.
It was reported here that the heartbeat bill earned its name because it would ban pregnancies as soon as the first heartbeat can be heard. The time period for this varies among women and in some cases the first heartbeat can be heard as early as six weeks.
The state Senate and Republican led house that had approved the bill before it came to Governor Kasich now have the option to override his veto. Anti-abortion campaigners believe that the heartbeat law will prevent all women in Ohio from getting abortions.
The veto was welcomed by pro-choice activists and women across the state.
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