Kasich has signed into law at least 18 abortion restrictions during his eight-year tenure as governor. The heartbeat bill is the only abortion restriction he has vetoed.
The bill is strongly opposed by many Democrats and reproductive rights groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice. The Ohio Right to Life is neutral on the measure.
Last year, there were 20,893 induced abortions in Ohio, a 1 percent increase over 2016, according to a report from the Ohio Department of Health. Of those, 11,784 were performed at nine weeks or less of gestation, 6,084 at between nine and 12 weeks, 2,935 at 13 to 20 weeks and 90 at 21 weeks or more, the report showed.
Jaime Miracle of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said, “While we celebrate a temporary stall, we will remain vigilant through the rest of lame duck and Mike DeWine’s governorship that starts in January to make sure that we protect abortion access in the state of Ohio.”