HUGE Progress In The Fight To End Abortion In The U.S.
On Thursday, Ohio Governor Bill DeWine signed a new law on the prohibition of abortion in the state.
According to the new bill signed by the Republican governor, this will ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected.
This would limit the abortions to around the 6-week mark, but would ultimately eliminate nearly all abortions because most women do not even know that they are pregnant at this point.
According to AP News,
A bill imposing one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation was signed into law in Ohio on Thursday, banning abortions after a detectable heartbeat in a long-sought victory for abortion opponents that drew an immediate constitutional challenge.
In signing the heartbeat bill, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine broke with his predecessor, Republican John Kasich, who had vetoed the measure twice on grounds that it was unconstitutional.
But DeWine defended Ohio Republicans’ decision to push the boundaries of the law, because “it is the right thing to do.”
“Taking this action really is a kind of a time-honored tradition, the constitutional tradition of making a good faith argument for modification or reversal of existing legal precedents,” he said. “So that is what this is.”
He said it’s the government’s job to protect the vulnerable.
Before DeWine officially signed the legislation on Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had already been preparing to challenge the new law by claiming that it is unconstitutional on the behalf of a handful of abortion clinics in the state.
Similar versions of this unconstitutional abortion ban stand 0-4 in federal court.
Soon to be 0-5. https://t.co/1QIGRW7K0f
— ACLU of Ohio (@acluohio) April 11, 2019
Other states have already passed similar “heartbeat” legislation or are hoping to very soon such as Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
On the other side of the coin, states like New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia are supporting bills that allow or would allow abortions up until the moment of birth.