Bill 127: What It Means For ‘Heartbeat Bill’ And What’s Next for Ohio?

On December 13th, Ohio Governor John Kasich was faced with a trying decision: Whether he should sign the polarizing “Heartbeat Bill”, which restricts abortions to the first detection of a heartbeat, which can be as little as 6 weeks.

Until recently, Ohio allowed abortions up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, but Kasich has passed Bill 127, reducing the measure down to 20 weeks.

The bill has been described as “pragmatic” by several sources, as Kasich has released a statement that the aforementioned appropriation bill was “clearly contrary,” and would have caused Ohio to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in order to change a policy, which would have resulted in several lawsuits that would have caused the bill to eventually roll-back. Gov. Kasich said,

“The State of Ohio will be the losing party in that lawsuit and, as the losing party, the State of Ohio will be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover the legal fees for the pro-choice activists’ lawyers.”

Instead, Kasich attempted to find a middle ground, using scientific evidence as further  support of his decision. Evidence has suggested that human fetuses do not feel pain until after 20 weeks’ gestation.

Last year in Ohio, about 145 unborn babies were aborted after 20-weeks of pregnancy. Kasich and other Pro-Life legislators have mentioned that new abortion limit will exist to save hundreds, if not thousands, of unborn babies from being terminated.

But the new law has been anything but a happy medium.

The bill has brought us back to 1971, when Norma McCorvey, also known as Jane ROE, filed a case against the district attorney of Dallas, Henry WADE, who implemented a law prohibiting abortion, unless it was to save a woman’s life. 

On January 22nd, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that it was a constitutional right for a woman to make her own decision concerning “terminating her pregnancy by abortion.”

Now, Pro-Life Groups such as Faith2Action are reaching out to several House members, urging them to veto Kasich’s decision, as it is not extreme enough.

More than half of house members contacted have expressed that their votes will not change and the veto will not be overrun.

Still, Pro-Life groups have not given up and continue to push for the veto of Bill 127, even posting a “list-to-call” on their homepage.

Both Pro-Life and Pro-Choice demonstrators have expressed their discontent with Bill 127. Vice President of Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund and NARAL’s Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director have spoken against Governor Kasich’s resolution, declaring that this bill not only prohibits “choice,” but strips women of their fundamental rights, intending to take the freedoms of a woman and her body away. NARAL’s director Kellie Copeland has released a statement, openly opposing Kasich’s “middle-ground” decision.

“John Kasich is treating women’s health care like a game. He thinks that by vetoing one abortion ban Ohioans will not notice that he has signed another … Kasich’s actions today will fall hardest on low-income women, women of color, and young women.”

In trying to please both sides, John Kasich has signed into passage a bill that makes everyone angry.

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