Senate District 14
Joe Uecker
Pro-Life Senate Passes Heartbeat Bill to Better Protect Unborn Children
Urges Congress to Follow Suit by Protecting Abortion Survivors
March 15, 2019
Senator Uecker (left) highlights the importance of protecting the unborn during the Ohio Right to Life's 2019 Pro-Life Legislative Day.

COLUMBUS—State Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) this week 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.

"I have long believed that protecting innocent life, those who cannot protect themselves, is our top priority as lawmakers, and I am honored to once again have the privilege of voting 'yes' on this historic piece of legislation," said Uecker. "The Ohio Senate has one of the strongest pro-life records of any legislative body, and I hope to see swift consideration from the House and Governor so that this bill may finally be signed into law."

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.

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.

In related news, the Senate 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.

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 be sent to the Ohio House for further consideration.
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