COLUMBUS—State Senator Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) today announced the Senate concurred to House amendments to Senate Bill 23, “Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act,” commonly known as the "Heartbeat Bill." The bill now heads to the Governor for a signature.
The measure would generally prohibit an abortion procedure from being performed if the baby has a detectable heartbeat.
"Today, we took another important step in saving precious babies and preserving the sanctity of human life, said Roegner. "All children, born and unborn, deserve our respect and our protection throughout every stage of their life. I am honored to have carried this bill and encourage the Governor to swiftly sign this important piece of legislation."
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.