The ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Is Back
(ONN) – A measure to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected is again being proposed in the Republican-led Ohio Legislature.
Similar measures approved by lawmakers were twice vetoed by former GOP Governor John Kasich.
But new Republican Governor Mike DeWine has encouraged supporters of the so-called Heartbeat Bill by saying he would sign it.
Republican Reps. Ron Hood of Ashville and Candice Keller of Middletown filed the bill Monday with 50 cosponsors – a majority of the house.
It would be among the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation.
Kasich considered such legislation unconstitutional and said enacting it would lead to a costly, unsuccessful court battle.
A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy before many women know they’re pregnant.