COLUMBUS—State Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) announced the Senate passage of Senate Bill 23, more commonly known as the Heartbeat Bill.
The measure would generally prohibit an abortion procedure from being performed if the baby has a detectable heartbeat.
“As Americans, the fundamental right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness should be guaranteed to all of our citizens, including those who have yet to be born,” said McColley. “As a co-sponsor of this important pro-life legislation, I am proud that we have taken this crucial step to protect the beating hearts of Ohio’s children.”
The vote follows the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold pro-life legislation from the 131st General Assembly that redirects taxpayer dollars away from entities that perform or promote non-therapeutic abortions.
The Senate also unanimously passed Senate Resolution 41, which urges congress to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The federal bill aims to protect innocent babies who are inadvertently born alive during an abortion procedure.
Since 2011, the Ohio Senate has had an overwhelmingly pro-life track record and has passed more significant legislation to defend unborn children than at any time since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark abortion ruling in 1973.
During the 132nd and 131st General Assemblies, both the Ohio Senate and House passed the Heartbeat Bill, but it was ultimately vetoed by Governor Kasich on both occasions. Members of the Senate have expressed that they are hopeful that under the new leadership of Governor Mike DeWine the bill will be signed should it make it to his desk.
Senate Bill 23 will now go to the Ohio House for further consideration.