Dems, Republicans weigh in on ‘Heartbeat Law’

By Portia Williams - [email protected]

The Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate passed Sub. H.B. 493, the ‘Heartbeat Law’ on Tuesday. The Heartbeat Law would outlaw an abortion after the detection of a fetal heart beat.

The Ohio House passed the measure by a vote of 56 to 39, and the Ohio Senate passed the measure by a vote of 21 to 10.

The official documents of the Ohio Senate, Sub. H.B. 493, states: Topic: Fetal heartbeat; adoption promotion and support; Adoption Services appropriation, Jordan moved to amend as follows: In line 4 of the title, after “law” insert,” to generally prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat, to created the Joint Legislative Committee on Adoption Promotion and Support, and to make an appropriation.

Randy Basham, of the Scioto County Democratic Party, said the Heartbeat Bill infringes upon a woman’s rights.

“I haven’t studied up yet on this. This does infringe on a woman’s right to choose, especially when it comes down to a a woman’s life being at stake, or in cases of rape and incest,” Basham said.”It seems to me, without studying it clearly, this law overlooks these options for a woman to have, because if there’s a heartbeat, then you can’t do anything, even if it’s rape or incest or if the mother’s life is at stake. They try to take every back door that there is like this, and try to destroy Roe versus Wade and that is the law of the land. It is just like the Second Amendment, we support it as it is written in it’s entirety and Roe vs. Wade we support it in its entirety because both of them are the law of the land.”

Bryan Davis, spokesperson of the Scioto County Republic Party, said he believes the Heartbeat Law is a good thing.

“We have talked about it, in the past and everyone was in support of this Bill and hoping that it will become law,” Davis said. “It happened to be a very big surprise that they got it through the Senate. I definitely support the legislation. I think that it is very important to support life and of course that is guaranteed in our Constitution that people have the alienable right to pursue life and happiness, so it is a right. When you protect the unborn I think it is a good thing. I am glad the Senate was able to pass it, I know the House had already passed it previously. Now it goes to Governor Kasich’s desk, and I hope that he will sign it into law here in Ohio.”

Should the Heartbeat Bill become an act, it would be placed on the desk of Ohio Governor John Kasich to be signed into law. For detailed information regarding the Heartbeat Bill, visit the website:

By Portia Williams

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Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.