COLUMBUS—State Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) today 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 an initial co-sponsor and longtime supporter of this legislation, I am proud that the Senate had the courage to take this important step to protect life," said Coley. "We now have a Supreme Court in place that appears to value this type of life-saving legislation, so we can move this bill knowing that it will achieve its intended purpose rather than simply awarding a huge attorney fee to a pro-abortion law firm—only to be overturned."
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 today also 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.