Ohio House passes revised "Heartbeat bill" to ban abortion; Now goes to governor
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Hours after the Senate approved an amended bill that would outlaw abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the Ohio House of Representatives approved it as well.
House Bill 493 was approved 56-39 and now goes to Ohio Governor John Kasich, who will decide whether to approve or veto the legislation.
The bill surfaced late in the Senate's afternoon session when it was attached to an unrelated article about child abuse laws.
The proposal makes no exceptions for victims of rape or incest, only to save the life of the mother.
Only two states have passed fetal heartbeat bans -- Arkansas and North Dakota. Both were later deemed unconstitutional by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and are on hold as the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear appeals.
If passed, the charge would be a fifth-degree felony with a maximum one-year prison sentence, for a physician to perform an abortion without checking for a fetal heartbeat or conducting the procedure after it is identifiable. The doctor also could liable for a civil lawsuit from the mother as well as disciplinary action.