In a surprising turn of events, both sides of the aisle and the abortion debate are moving together to ask John Kasich to veto the wildly controversial “Heartbeat Bill.”
The Heartbeat Bill, which passed the Ohio Congress in the beginning of December which limit access to abortions for woman if a fetal heartbeat is detectable. In many cases this could restrict Abortions to as early as six weeks which on average is the time it takes for a woman to learn she is pregnant. The bill is the strictest in the entire nation.
A 16,000 member Ohio State Medical Association penned a letter in strong opposition to the Heartbeat Bill.
“Dear Governor Kasich,
I am writing to strongly encourage you to veto House Bill 493 and Senate Bill 127 because of specific provisions that allow for civil and criminal penalties for clinicians who provide medical care related to women’s reproductive health issues.” The letter starts, before going into the generally held belief that doctors should be the ones determining whether an abortion is viable, not government.
Ultimately, doctors and physicians that go against the proposed Heartbeat Bill or the newly proposed 20-week ban would face felony charges that carry up to a 2.5 years in prison. It also opens up for them to be sued by the women who’ve received illegal abortions.
In a surprise move though, Ohio Right-to-Life, a pro-life advocacy group that wishes to restrict abortion and challenge Roe v. Wade has denounced the Heartbeat Bill in favor of the 20-week ban.
“We simply cannot recommend that you sign any other legislation at this time.” They write in their letter signed by Marshal Pitchford, Chairman, and Michael Gonidakis, President of Right to Life.
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