The anti-abortion “Heartbeat Bill” has passed the Ohio legislature as opponents to the bill promise to bring a lawsuit against it.
SB 23 outlaws abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. There are no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. The Ohio Senate passed the law last month, but had to pass it again after the Ohio House made some changes to the bill. The bill was successfully passed through the state senate on a vote of 18-13, sending it to the governor’s desk.
Democrats and pro-choice advocates have protested the bill, and have promised to sue the state over it if it were to become law.