Ohio Senate Health Committee Chairman Dave Burke explaining why the heartbeat ban bill was amended.
Debate over the bill was emotional and divisive.
State Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, a long-time opponent of abortion, said: “In our hearts we know this is a human life, this is some thing very special, very unique and something we should be cherishing.”
The vote brought shouts of “Shame!” from members of the Senate gallery audience.
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The Senate also included a change that would empower the State Medical Board of Ohio to suspend the license of physicians who violate the so-called heartbeat ban, rather than wait until there is a criminal conviction. The president of the Ohio Right to Life, Mike Gonidakis, is a member of the medical board.
Jaime Miracle of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said “This bill is just as dangerous still.”
Senate Democrats offered amendments that would have added exemptions for victims of rape or incest, expanded the exemption for when a woman’s health is in danger to include mental health and allow hospitals to offer emergency contraception to sexual assault victims. Those amendments were tabled, largely along party line votes.
Because the senate changed House Bill 258, it will require House concurrence before it is sent to Kasich.
If it becomes law, it is likely to be challenged in court — a process that is expected to take years before it would reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
A second abortion bill, which would prohibit a common surgical procedure used in second trimester terminations, is pending in the Ohio House.