Ohio Inching Toward ‘Heartbeat’ Bill That Survives Kasich

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Ohio legislators are still struggling to recover from Governor John Kasich's 2016 veto of a pre-born heartbeat protection bill to extend legal protections for in-utero people who have a beating heart as further proof of life. (Toledo Blade photo)

Dayton Daily News – State senators on Thursday balked at passing one of the most stringent abortion bans in the nation, but the fight over the so-called ‘heartbeat’ bill is far from over.

Senate Health Committee Chairman Dave Burke, R-Marysville, said he plans to pass the bill out of committee next week. But that won’t leave enough time for the full Senate and House to override an expected veto of the bill by Gov. John Kasich. Lawmakers are scheduled to finish work by Dec. 19.

However, conservative, anti-abortion lawmakers are likely to bring the measure back early next year. Governor-elect Mike DeWine has said that he would sign such a bill into law.

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