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Heartbeat Bill Veto Fails to be Overturned by Senate


OHIO – The Heartbeat bill veto fails to be overturned by Senate by a narrow margin of 19 votes, and failing by only 1 vote This proposal would have ban abortions in Ohio after the first heartbeat  is detected.  According to Med.com fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks old.

The Ohio House passed the the Abortion Bill 59-35 on November 15, not a veto-proof margin.  Recently Governor Kasik vetoed the bill calling it unconstitutional and would not stand against the Supreme Court rulings.


According to AP press Governor Kasik has vetoed a bill like this before calling it unconstitutional.

Today December 20th Kasich did what he said he would do and vetoed the bill again.  In a statement explaining the veto Governor Kasich said the bill’s provisions are contrary to current Supreme Court rulings on abortion and would likely be struck down by the courts.

Here is the full statement:


December 21, 2018

Pursuant to Article H, Section 16, of the Ohio Constitution, which states that the Governor may disapprove of any bill, I hereby disapprove of Substitute House Bill 258 (Sub. H.B. 258) and set forth the following reasons for so doing.

As governor I have worked hard to strengthen Ohio’s protections for the sanctity of human life, and I have a deep respect for my fellow members of the pro-life community and their ongoing efforts in defense of unborn life. However, the central provision of Sub. H.B. 258, 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. Because the lower federal courts are bound to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s precedents on abortion, Sub. H.B. 258 will likely be struck down as unconstitutional. The State of Ohio will be the losing party in that lawsuit and, as the losing party, the State of Ohio will be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover the legal fees for the pro-choice activists’ lawyers. Therefore, this veto is in the public interest.

In a statement posted on NARAL Pro-CHoice Ohio facebook,

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said: “John Kasich is reckless and irresponsible. He has now enacted 21 attacks on abortion access and reproductive health care funding during his eight years as governor. He has ignored pleas from Ohio’s medical community that politicians should not interfere with the doctor-patient relationship or block access to abortion care in our state. As a result of Kasich’s barrage of laws that criminalize doctors, many of the best and brightest medical providers have left Ohio, with still more deciding not to come here in the first place. Kasich’s actions today are his worst yet.”