The Ohio House today approved the strictest anti-abortion bill in the nation, the six week ban, largely along party lines. House Bill 69 would outlaw abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as 6 weeks gestation—often before a woman knows she is pregnant. H.B. 69 makes an exception only in cases where the life of the mother is at risk and does not include exceptions for rape or incest.


The bill, which was introduced and failed to garner adequate support during the last two General Assemblies, is generally recognized as unconstitutional. Democratic lawmakers say the bill would amount to a near total abortion ban and is in direct violation of Roe v. Wade which established viability, not a heartbeat, as the determining factor for whether or not abortions should be legal.


In 2014, federal judges overturned so-called fetal heartbeat legislation in North Dakota and Arkansas.


Here is what Cleveland-area lawmakers are saying about the passage of the six-week ban:


“I voted against this legislation because I support a woman’s right to make her own health care choices free from government intrusion.”- Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights)


“Abortion bans do not stop abortions they simply move the procedure to the shadows and make it unsafe and dangerous.” –Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid)


 


 


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