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Ohio heartbeat bill fails by one vote

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/28/18, 12:46 pm

An Ohio bill protecting unborn babies with a detectable heartbeat failed Thursday after Senate Republicans came just one vote short of the 20 needed to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto of the measure. The outgoing Republican governor has vetoed the same bill twice in the last two years, arguing it would be declared unconstitutional. The Senate voted 19-13 to override Kasich’s veto of the bill, which would have protected babies as early as six weeks’ gestation. The Ohio House earlier successfully overruled the veto with exactly the 60 votes required.

Senate President Larry Obhof, a Republican, indicated the fight for the heartbeat bill isn’t over, dismissing the cheers that broke out in the Senate chamber after the vote was announced. “I think that the celebration for some of the people in here will be short-lived,” he told reporters. “We will have a supermajority that is pro-life in both chambers in the next General Assembly—we’re getting sworn in in less than two weeks, and we have a governor coming in who has said he would sign that bill.” Gov.-elect Mike DeWine, also a Republican, will be sworn in on Jan. 14.

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  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Fri, 12/28/2018 01:34 pm

    In my opinion, good legislation should be passed, and then placed in the hands of the Supreme Court to decide its constitutionality.  However, I understand a possible counterargument that if the Supreme Court rules against it, that could solidify a bad precedent.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 12/28/2018 09:24 pm

    Kasich is not as conservative as some think, imo. Some were pushing his name during 2015-2016 as a “moderate” Republican nominee, supposedly more electable than Rubio, Cruz, etc. 

    I suspect he has no problem with continued easy access to abortion, but hides behind “the Court would overturn it.”  

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sun, 12/30/2018 05:32 pm

    Gov. Kasich has done a lot to restrict abortion, according to a number of articles in recent years.  An easy Google search.