Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Signed Bill Banning Abortions When Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins
— making it the 6th state to ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat begins.
“Government’s role should be to protect life from the beginning to the end,” DeWine said before signing the bill.
The heartbeat bill passed the state legislature Wednesday. It would prohibit abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Because many women do not even know they are pregnant at this early stage, the legislation could protect almost all unborn babies in Ohio if it goes into effect.
The Heartbeat Bill, when it goes into effect, will prohibit abortion when a human heartbeat can be detected. An abdominal ultrasound can detect a heartbeat between eight and twelve weeks. A recent Marist Poll found that 80% of Americans want to limit abortions no later than three months of pregnancy (12 weeks), and another poll found that 56% of voters are in favor of Heartbeat Bills specifically.
This year, pro-life lawmakers have introduced a number of heartbeat bills including in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.
Edited and Shortened from LifeNews