An Ohio bill banning abortions at six weeks is being seen as legislation that would trigger a Supreme Court review in hopes of dismantling Roe v. Wade, now a possibility with the new composition of the high court bench.
A fetal heartbeat can be detected at six weeks gestation and bills outlawing abortions at that stage have long been a goal of pro-life advocates, who have emphasized the presence of a heartbeat is evidence that the unborn child is indeed a living being. The Ohio legislation, HB 258, also known as the “Heartbeat bill” passed overwhelmingly through the state legislature.
“The Heartbeat Bill should be passed in every state in America, and Ohio is leading the way to reclaim state constitutional and moral authority to enact protections for our tiniest babies,” Dr. James Dobson, founder of Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson, wrote in a letter to Gov. John Kasich Monday.
“Just last year in 2017, there were a recorded 20,893 abortions in Ohio. This means that every day, on average, there are 57 little babies that die,” he added.
“You know that this legislation is the morally correct action to give the smallest children a chance at life. I hope and pray that you will do the right thing and stand for the family and the sanctity of life. Make your signature on this bill the defining moment of your legacy for the great state of Ohio.”
Two years ago Kasich vetoed a similar bill, arguing that the Supreme Court would declare it unconstitutional. Kasich did support a lame-duck measure banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, which provided an exception for saving the mother’s life but none for rape or incest.
Republicans in Ohio are not hiding their dreams about what this 2018 measure accomplishes.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter