"Heartbeat Bill"

ACLU talks about its lawsuit
Sam Aberle, Statehouse News Bureau

More than a month after Gov. Mike DeWine signed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, a lawsuit has been filed in federal court to stop it from taking effect in July. It bans abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

Elvira Koneva, Shutterstock.com

Ohio’s newest law that bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected is supposed to go into effect in three months. But there’s a very good chance it won’t because there’s a legal challenge looming.

The so-called "Heartbeat Bill", before it was signed by Gov. Mike DeWine.
Dan Konik

It’s taken eight years and many hours of testimony, but the so-called “Heartbeat Bill” has been signed into law. Gov. Mike DeWine delivered on his campaign promise to sign the controversial legislation that bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. But where does it go from here?

Gov. DeWine signs the so called "Heartbeat Bill" into law
Dan Konik

As expected, Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill that bans abortions at the point when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Packed Ohio House Committee Room
Jo Ingles

Tomorrow, the full Ohio House will vote on a ban on abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. It's been renamed the "Human Rights Protection Act" but has commonly been known as the Heartbeat Bill over the five times lawmakers have considered it.

Karen Kasler

The Ohio Senate has passed the so-called “Heartbeat Bill,” SB23, which bans an abortion when a viable heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks. 

Andy Chow

The so-called Heartbeat Bill abortion ban is on its fifth try through the legislature, after being passed and vetoed in the lame duck session.

A cropped screenshot of the debate between Sen. Joe Uecker (R-Batavia) and constituent Anthony Fambry on Uecker's professional Facebook page.
Provided by Anthony Fambry

A southwest Ohio man has settled a lawsuit he filed against his Republican state senator, who he says blocked him on Facebook during a heated debate about the veto on the Heartbeat Bill abortion ban in December.

Dale Butland, Democratic strategist
Dan Konik

Lawmakers are, once again, debating the contentious so called “Heartbeat Bill,” which would ban abortions at about six weeks when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill was vetoed twice by former Gov. John Kasich, but now Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll sign it. But one political strategist is floating another idea.

Sen. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) offers proponent testimony on the version of the so-called “Heartbeat Bill” abortion ban she’s sponsoring in the Senate.
Karen Kasler

Almost eight years to the day that it was first proposed, the so-called Heartbeat Bill six-week abortion ban has been introduced at the Statehouse again. And this time it appears to be starting in the Senate.

Statehouse News Bureau

The leader of the Ohio House says the controversial Heartbeat Bill, which bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat is detected, is not a priority. But he says lawmakers there want to pass it. 

Sen. Bill Beagle
Ohio Legislature

Backers of the six week abortion ban known as the “Heartbeat Bill” are upset after lawmakers’ attempt to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto failed. And some of them are retaliating against the Republican state senator who flipped his vote at the last minute.

Opponents of Heartbeat Abortion bill
Jo Ingles

The Ohio House had the votes to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto of a controversial abortion bill. The Senate tried to follow suit but, in the end, it couldn't. Here's what happened.

Gov. John Kasich
credit Dan Konik

Gov. John Kasich has vetoed the so called "Heartbeat Bill" but has signed another into law. 

Ohio Statehouse
Statehouse News Bureau

A controversial bill that bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected is on its way to Gov. John Kasich. Overnight, the Ohio House passed the bill 53-32 with changes made by the Senate Tuesday.

Protestors in the Ohio Senate chambers
Jo Ingles

The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected. But the vote was short by what lawmakers need to override an expected veto.

Gov. John Kasich (left), Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) all spoke at the unveiling of the permanent display of Ohio's two constitutions at the Statehouse in November. But they did not appear together.
Karen Kasler

As state lawmakers race toward the end of this lame duck legislative session, they’ve been considering two bills that Gov. John Kasich opposes – the six-week “Heartbeat Bill” abortion ban and the “Stand Your Ground” self-defense bill.  And if he vetoes them as promised, lawmakers would have to come back to vote on them again during the holiday break.

Janet Folger Porter in Senate committee
Jo Ingles

Abortion is a big deal for Ohio lawmakers as they proceed through the Lame Duck session of this legislature. And there are two bills that could end up on Governor Kasich’s desk soon.

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) speaks at the winter gathering of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and the County Engineers Association of Ohio.
Karen Kasler

The Ohio House and Senate are preparing for a busy week of legislating in Columbus with a couple of controversial measures up for debate.

Evangelical leaders and Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance)  at Ohio Statehouse
Jo Ingles

Backers of the so called “Heartbeat Bill,” legislation that bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat is detected, are getting some help from evangelical leaders. And they are sending a strong message to Gov. John Kasich and Ohio lawmakers.

Jo Ingles

The Ohio House and Senate are preparing for a busy week of legislating in Columbus with a couple of controversial measures up for debate. 

Karen Kasler

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is disappointed with the legislation he’s seeing pushed through the Ohio General Assembly, such as efforts going into the “Stand Your Ground Bill” and “Heartbeat Bill,” and he says these polarizing issues end up reflecting poorly on the state.

Supporters Of Heartbeat Bill Outside Recent Trump Rally
Karen Kasler

The so-called “Heartbeat Bill”, which Gov. John Kasich promises to veto, had been likely to come up for a vote today in an Ohio House committee. But there were too many questions about the controversial bill that would ban abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat is detected for it to proceed to a vote. 

Opponents of Heartbeat Bill gather on the Statehouse steps, a few hours before a hearing on the bill in a Senate committee.
Jo Ingles

"Ho, ho, hey, hey, Roe v. Wade is here to stay." That's what opponents of the so-called "Heartbeat Bill" chanted on the steps leading into the Ohio Statehouse. The activists said the bill would deny legal abortion before many women know they are pregnant. 

Karen Kasler

It’ll be a busy day at the Statehouse with the so-called “Heartbeat Bill” abortion ban in the proposed legislation on the agenda. State lawmakers are hoping to be done by mid-December with all they’re going to do in this legislative session.

Daniel Konik

State lawmakers have overridden a quarter of Gov. John Kasich’s 48 vetoes. And they could do more in the next two weeks.  And Kasich has said he’d also veto the so-called "Stand Your Ground" self-defense bill and the six-week abortion ban called the Heartbeat Bill that recently passed the House.  Those vetoes and what lawmakers do about them could say something about the outgoing governor's relationship with his fellow Republicans in the legislature.

Submitted by Kellie Copeland

The Ohio House has already passed the heartbeat bill which would ban abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Ohio Senate appears ready to follow suit. And just as he did before, Gov. John Kasich says he’ll veto it. But advocates for legal abortion say Kasich’s veto is not enough.

Karen Kasler

Two controversial bills that passed the Ohio House last week are on their way to the Senate. But Gov. John Kasich is once again saying they are likely to run into roadblocks if they make it to his desk.

Rich Blue, Ohiochannel.org

The Ohio House has approved a controversial bill (60-35) that bans abortion at the point which a fetal heartbeat can be detected. 

Jo Ingles

A controversial abortion bill that Gov. John Kasich vetoed at the end of last year has been reintroduced in the Ohio legislature.