Ohio House Passes Bill Ending Abortion After Heartbeat

There is nothing quite like the first time you hear the heartbeat of your child. It is a beautiful sound. You and your loved one have created life. But some pro-choice activists believe that is not enough and in many places, they would just pop into their local Planned Parenthood and extinguish that life. But the state of Ohio is on the track to stop the killing of babies. The House has passed legislation that would make it illegal to kill a baby once its heart begins to beat in the womb.

State House Bill 258 passed in a 58-35 vote and now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

The controversial legislation would ban most abortions in Ohio if it becomes law. An unborn baby’s heart begins beating around six weeks, though new research suggests it may begin as early as 18 days after conception. The bill also would allow abortion practitioners to be charged with a felony for aborting unborn babies whose hearts are beating.”

Ohio has tried to pass this type of legislation before but Governor John Kasich vetoed it. He was concerned that there would be a legal battle. But supporters are not going to give up on this baby saving bill.

The point is: it’s time. It doesn’t matter if the governor is with us or against us,” said one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Christina Hagan, R-Marlboro Township in Stark County. Her speech was interrupted briefly by the cries of one of her twin newborns. “Motherhood isn’t easy but it’s necessary.”

“(Abortion) is not a constitutional right,” said Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. “If you don’t know that, you need to read the Constitution.”

Rep. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, said abortion is murder and Ohio lawmakers have the responsibility to label it as such.

“Today, let us stand up for the most innocent among us: the unborn,” Roegner said.”