St. Louis, MO: In a vote this afternoon, the Ohio Senate passed the Heartbeat Bill by a vote of 18-13. This bill, passed by the Ohio House last month, would protect all babies in utero once their heartbeats are detectable – an estimated 20,000 babies per year. The Heartbeat Bill will now head back to the House where they will vote on changes made by the Senate and then to Governor Kasich’s desk for his signature.
“We are thrilled that the Ohio House and Senate have recognized the fundamental right to life,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “We now encourage Governor Kasich to quickly sign this bill into law. We are grateful for Janet Porter, author of the Heartbeat Bill and founder and president of Faith2Action, who has worked tirelessly to protect the unborn through passage of this bill.”
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles has been working hard at both the national and state levels to see this legislation advanced. These efforts will continue until all life, born and pre-born, is protected.