If the House passes the bill next week, it would go to the Ohio Senate for a concurrence vote. The Senate passed the “heartbeat bill” by a 19-13 floor vote on March 13. Three Senate Republicans and all 10 Senate Democrats voted against the bill.
Keller and Ohio Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, introduced in February a House version of the bill. Keller said the Senate and House bills are the same.
If the Senate concurs with the Keller-Hood “heartbeat bill,” it then heads to Gov. Mike DeWine for his signature. DeWine has previously said he would sign the “heartbeat bill,” a bill that former Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed twice.
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In February, Keller said the bill “will preserve the lives of the innocent unborn after a heartbeat is detected through ultrasound. After nine years of waiting, it is time. I look forward to the passage of this bill, which will save over 20,000 Ohio children annually.”
Opponents of the heartbeat bill have called it unconstitutional, including NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, whose officials called it an unacceptable restriction on access to health care, according to the Associated Press. Others opposing the bill include the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Ohio Medical Association.
Ohio Right to Life supports this year’s version of the bill.