Ohio’s Legislature has passed the “Heartbeat Bill.” This bill prohibits abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. This usually happens before most women even know they are pregnant, around six weeks after conception. This bill will become a law, unless pro-life Governor John Kasich decides to veto it, which is not likely.
This bill has been in the works for a while and finally passed due to Republicans in Ohio who felt emboldened by President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. This act would make abortions illegal.
The only exception to the ban on abortion this law would create would be if the life of the woman were in danger. There are no exceptions for rape or incest.
Planned Parenthood sees this bill as an indicator that abortion will soon be illegal in Ohio. The organization put out a statement saying, “This bill could take away a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions before she would have known she had a decision to make.”Essentially, this bill robs women of their right to choose.
Around the country women and abortion rights groups are outraged, scared, and fighting for their rights. Pro-choice supporters argue abortion before viability is a constitutional right. People are protesting to preserve the right to a safe and legal abortion.