Watch: Ohio Governor Mike DeWin signs first heartbeat abortion bill
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Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed a ban on abortions after a detectable heartbeat.
Lt. Governor Jon A. Husted smiled while holding two-year-old Faye Zaffini, the daughter of his chief of staff Alisha Nelson, while DeWine was signing the bill.
DeWine said that ‘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.
So that is what this is’ he added.
‘I just want to make it very, very clear, our concern is not just for the unborn, our concern is for all individuals who need protection. It is our duty, I believe, and an essential function of government, to protect those who cannot protect themselves.’
The law does not make exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.
Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis said: ‘The heartbeat bill is the next incremental step in our strategy to overturn Roe v.
Wade.While other states embrace radical legislation to legalize abortion on demand through the ninth month of pregnancy, Ohio has drawn a line and continues to advance protections for unborn babies. ’
Predecessor, Republican John Kasich, had vetoed the measure twice on grounds that it was unconstitutional.
Kellie Copeland, director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said lawmakers and the governor have plunged the state into ‘a dystopian nightmare where people are forced to continue pregnancies regardless of the harm that may come to them or their family.’
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