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.