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Ohio governor signs heartbeat bill

by Harvest Prude & Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/11/19, 05:29 pm

UPDATE: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday signed into law a bill protecting unborn babies from abortion from the moment they have a detectable heartbeat, usually around six weeks of gestation. Even before the bill was signed, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio said it was preparing a suit to challenge to the law, something DeWine and Ohio pro-life advocates anticipated.

“Taking this action really is a kind of a time-honored tradition, the constitutional tradition of making a good faith argument for modification or reversal of existing legal precedents,” DeWine said. “So that is what this is.”

OUR EARLIER REPORT (1:29 p.m.): Ohio lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday to protect babies from abortion after their heartbeats can be heard, typically at six to eight weeks of gestation. Now the measure heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, who previously promised to sign it. The law passed in the House by a 56-39 vote and in the Senate by a vote of 18-3. DeWine spokesman Daniel Tierney said Thursday the governor’s office had not yet received the bill, but DeWine plans to sign it when it arrives, which could be as soon as Thursday afternoon. The law would penalize anyone who performs an abortion on an unborn baby with a detectable heartbeat. Abortionists violating the law could face a fifth-degree felony charge, the potential for up to one year in prison, and a $2,500 fine.

This is not the first time lawmakers have passed the pro-life legislation. Similar bills cleared the House and Senate in December 2016 and again in December 2018, but then-Gov. John Kasich, also a Republican, vetoed both, arguing the law would not survive a court challenge.

State Rep. Christina Hagan, a Republican who sponsored the bill, previously told reporters that lawmakers drafted the legislation in direct opposition to Roe v. Wade: “Our intention is to go directly to the heart of Roe v. Wade and to challenge the question of when a life begins in the United States and when [unborn babies’] constitutional protection is due to them.”

North Dakota and Arkansas have also passed heartbeat bills, but federal courts ruled them unconstitutional.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 04/11/2019 05:14 pm

    President Trump, please continue to nominate conservative judges!  We need more who will not overturn laws such as these!

  •  notalemming's picture
    Posted: Fri, 04/12/2019 01:59 pm

    When my heart ceases to beat, then I'm dead!  When my heart began to beat, then I was alive!  A human being is not measured solely on the size or location of it's physicality.  I think the hardest command we were ever given is that of loving our enemies.  I've been down the road of abortion, and if such laws had been in place when I made my decisions to terminate the lives within me (yes, their hearts were beating), then my only child would have the siblings he so deeply longed for as he was growing up.  Abortion affects more than just the woman.

    Here's the thing that we seem to forget.  Loving our enemies does not mean giving them free rein to do as they please, live as they want, to remain as they are.  God does not love us that way.  He accepts us as we are, then the transformation begins.  So we should not bow down to the misconception that to love our enemies means to stand by or accept their ways.  If they reject the truth, then we have the obligation to rally together for the victims of the enemy's sin.  But did we? 

    Andree Seu Peterson hit the nail on the head in her article from the World Magazine, March 30, 2019 issue, page 63, and I highly recommend you read the full article for context:

    "'You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods' (Deuteronomy 12:31).                                           The day after Feb. 25, 2019, there were no marches in the street.  No conversation I overheard departed from the normal banter.  No sermon series I know of was suspended.  No business as usual was interrupted.  No indication was there in the town that any Rubicon was crossed, or filling up of measures had been reached.  But children's blood cried out to God from in the ground (Genesis 4:10)."

    If New York wants to celebrate death, then perhaps the White House should have flown the flag half-mast for the victims.  Every pastor in a Christ centered church should have interrupted his series or regularly scheduled sermon and spoken on the atrocity that took place.  People should have rallied against such an abomination, especially those "pro-life" folks in New York, the streets should have been full of protestors.  But as Andree alluded...crickets.  And I'm no better as I sat on my derriere and merely loathed my enemies.     

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 02:22 pm

    God bless you for saying this so clearly. Yes, I’m also guilty of sitting in my derrière.   The unborn cannot speak for themselves—we must!

    (and God bless you for your frankness  about the bad times in your own life!)

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    Uff Da
    Posted: Fri, 04/12/2019 02:49 pm

    May God bless the state of Ohio.