An Ohio-based pro-life group hopes to force a vote on legislation that would prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks.
The bill already passed in the Ohio House, but Republican Ohio state Senate President Tom Niehaus announced Tuesday that the Ohio Senate would not vote on the bill before the end of the legislative session next month.
Faith2Action president Janet Folger Porter said the group now plans to force a vote on the bill. Faith2Action is calling on pro-life activists in the state to contact Republican state senators and urge the lawmakers to sign a discharge petition.
“Unless pro-lifers want to hold signs and march for 40 more years, they should pick up the phone and call every Republican senator and demand a floor vote for the Heartbeat Bill before their inaction kills it,” Porter said in a statement. “These Republicans have the power to bring the Heartbeat Bill to a vote before it dies.”
Though agreeing with its goals, Ohio Right to Life refused to support the legislation because the group believed it was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade established that a woman has the right to terminate her pregnancy until the fetus is viable outside the womb, which is usually at 22 to 24 weeks.
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010,
and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs
of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University.
Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 9 million unique readers per month and serves more than 30 million pageviews.