Ohio Governor John Kasich has vetoed the so-called Heartbeat Bill, which would have banned abortion after a fetal heartbeat could be detected (roughly five to six weeks of gestation). The veto, however, is no victory for abortion rights in Ohio. As predicted, Kasich instead signed SB 127, a 20-week ban sponsored by Ohio Right to Life.
SB 127 has no exception for rape, incest, fetal anomalies, or the mental health of the woman. There is an exception for the life of the mother. Current state law forbids abortion after the 24-week mark and has exceptions for rape, incest, and the health of the mother. Ohio already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in America and this new ban is certain to further erode the reproductive freedom of the state’s women.