Gov. Kasich, the Lives of Millions of Babies Are in Your Hands with the Heartbeat Bill. How Will You Choose?
The lives of millions of babies — tens of thousands every year — are in the hands of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who will see the heartbeat bill land on his desk in the next few days. The time has come for the avowedly pro-life governor to put his money where his mouth is by signing it into law to protect the most vulnerable among us. Opportunities to save the lives of millions of children don't come along very often, but Kasich is in a position to rescue a whole generation of future Ohioans with the stroke of his executive pen — to be a modern-day Oskar Schindler, rescuing the perishing when it is within his power to do so. If he chooses poorly and sides with the abortion death cult, it will forever leave a blood-stained blemish on his record — both in this life and the next.
The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 18-13 to approve the heartbeat bill after some last-minute changes. The bill, which will now be sent back to the Ohio House for concurrence, would outlaw abortion in the state once a baby's heartbeat can be detected. Once the changes are approved by the House, likely on Thursday, the bill will be sent to "pro-life" Gov. Kasich, who has vowed to veto it.
Once it hits Kasich's desk, he will have ten days to either veto or sign the bill. In Ohio, a three-fifths majority is required to override a veto, which means two more votes are needed to bypass a possible Kasich veto. If he refuses to sign off on the bill, the Senate would have to be called back into session during their holiday break in order to vote on the override.
Four Republicans — John Eklund, Matt Dolan, Stephanie Kunze, and Gayle Manning — shamefully crossed the aisle to vote with Democrats to allow the continued slaughter of unborn babies with beating hearts. The lone absent senator, Frank LaRose, who was elected in November to be Ohio's next secretary of state, told PJM that he had to leave the session early to catch a plane for a National Association of Secretaries of State orientation. He said that he plans to vote to override Kasich's veto "if it happens." That means one more vote would still be needed for an override.
Passage of Sub HB 258 would mean that "no person shall knowingly and purposefully perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of the unborn human individual the pregnant woman is carrying and whose fetal heartbeat has been detected." Doctors who violate the law would be guilty of a fifth-degree felony. There are no penalties in the bill for women who choose to kill their babies. The law, if passed, would allow exceptions for procedures that are "designed or intended to prevent the death of the pregnant woman or to prevent a serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman." That language ensures that doctors would not be able to flaut the law by claiming a pregnancy would threaten the mental health of the mother.