The Ohio Senate has passed a bill banning abortions if a heartbeat can be detected, which is usually around six weeks.
The bill would make it a fifth-degree felony for an Ohio doctor to perform an abortion if a heartbeat is detected or if he fails to check for a heartbeat. A similar bill has been proposed in Indiana.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has 10 days to decide whether to approve or deny the bill; however, if signed, the ban still faces a challenge in court as has been the case with similar bills in Arkansas and North Dakota.
Under the bill, an abortion will only occur if a heartbeat is not detected; there are no other exceptions.
That said, some grey area aspects of the proposed law, such as a terminal baby who can’t survive outside the womb, will be clarified in the upcoming weeks.
Although such bills have been attempted in the past, many representatives in the state are confident it will pass this time due to the current political climate.
“[It will pass because] a new President, new Supreme Court justice appointees change the dynamic, and that there was a consensus in our caucus to move forward. I think it has a better chance than it did before,” said Ohio Senate President Keith Faber.
President-elect Donald Trump has publicly pledged to attempt to overturn Roe vs. Wade during his tenure in the White House, which has already encouraged many lawmakers to draft pro-life bills.
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