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Ohio Legislature Sends ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill to GOP Governor’s Desk Despite His Pledge to Veto

Pro-lifers reportedly saw more good news in Ohio as the state legislature passed a measure that would prohibit abortions past the point when doctors can detect a heartbeat.

The legislation came as Republican Governor John Kasich said he would veto that type of restriction, something he already did in 2016. But according to, lawmakers may vote to override Kasich’s veto.

That would make Ohio one of the most pro-life states in the nation. As IJR previously reported, Iowa enacted heartbeat legislation earlier this year.

It’s unclear how long those types of laws will last, however, as Iowa has already faced a legal challenge that could set precedent on the issue.

An Iowa court heard arguments surrounding the law last week but the case could reach the Supreme Court, opening the door to overturning Roe v. Wade.

Ohio’s laws, if enacted, could add to a host of test cases for overturning legal protections for abortion access.

Ohio’s legislature also passed a measure that would ban gruesome surgical abortions — known as dilation and evacuation (D&E) — that involve tearing apart a fetus and crushing its skull.

Watch a doctor describe the procedure below:

When Alabama passed a D&E ban, it faced a legal challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). An appeals court eventually struck that law down, Reuters reported.

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