Ohio’s new governor says he’ll sign ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill that Kasich vetoed


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday that he will “absolutely” sign a controversial “heartbeat bill” that former Gov. John Kasich vetoed last month. The proposal would make abortions illegal once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

DeWine, a Republican who took office last week after his election victory in November, told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on his show that he recognizes the challenges the bill will face from groups such as Planned Parenthood once it is signed into law.

“But ultimately, this will work its way up to the United States Supreme Court,” DeWine told Hewitt. “And they’ll make that decision.”

The first detectable heartbeat of a fetus can come as early as six weeks into a pregnancy — or before most women know they are pregnant. If passed, the “heartbeat bill” would become the most restrictive abortion regulation in the nation, Toledo’s WTVG-TV reported. – READ MORE

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