COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced Senate Bill 23
, known as the “Human Heartbeat Protection Act,” passed the Ohio Senate on Wednesday. The bill reaffirms the Senate’s strong commitment to protecting the right to life for Ohio’s unborn children.
The bill, co-sponsored by Obhof, generally prohibits an abortion if the baby has a detectable heartbeat, one of the clearest and most universal indicators of life.
"This will be one of the most protective laws in the nation," said Obhof. "Ohio stands in contrast to states like New York and Virginia, which are headed in the wrong direction."
Senate Bill 23 now moves to the House for consideration. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has indicated he will sign the bill into law once it has passed both chambers of the Ohio Legislature.
The Senate also passed Senate Resolution 41
, which Obhof sponsored, to urge Congress to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, federal legislation to require medical care for babies who are inadvertently born during an attempted abortion.
President Trump called for such a law during his State of the Union address last month. Although a bill was introduced by Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, the U.S. Senate has denied the bill a floor vote. A copy of the resolution passed in the Ohio Senate will be sent to the leaders of the U.S. Congress.