Since Donald Trump has gotten elected into office it has given the pro-life community a boldness to go forward in their fight for the unborn. Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which happens around 6 weeks, it will become law in the next 10 days if the Governor doesn’t veto it.
The bill would make it a fifth-degree felony, punishable by up to one year in prison, for a physician to perform an abortion without checking for a fetal heartbeat or performing the procedure after it can be detected according to The Columbus Dispatch. The doctor also could face a civil lawsuit from the mother and disciplinary action.
Lawmakers told The Columbus Dispatch that while previous attempts to pass the bill had failed due to concerns that the law would be ruled unconstitutional in federal court, the dynamic is now different with President-elect Donald Trump just weeks away from taking his place in the White House.
“A new president, new Supreme Court appointees change the dynamic, and there was consensus in our caucus to move forward,” Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, told the Dispatch when asked why the measure was put forward. “I think it has a better chance than it did before.”
The Cleveland Plain Dealer said Republican lawmakers inserted the anti-abortion “heartbeat bill” language at the last minute into a bill revising state child abuse and neglect laws. The child abuse bill according to State House News had widespread support among Republicans and Democrats. The decision to revise it reportedly shocked and angered Democrats.
“It bastardizes the child abuse and neglect bill because it is taking away the safety and security of children,” Democratic Senator Charleta Tavares said.
The bill, which was passed 56 to 39 in the House, is not expected to receive any additional hearings because it had previously cleared the House.