The Ohio legislature’s surprise decision to pass the so-called Heartbeat Bill, which, if signed by Governor John Kasich, would ban all abortion after roughly six weeks, has garnered a lot of outrage. But as Ohio was passing the Heartbeat Bill, they were also in the process of pushing through a 20-week ban sponsored by Ohio Right to Life.
The 20-week ban, SB 127, was approved by the legislature last night and is now on Kasich’s desk. He has ten days to decided whether or not to sign the bill. The ban has no exceptions for rape, incest, fetal anomalies, or the mental health of the woman. It’s very likely that Kasich, who loves to sign abortion restrictions, will sign the 20-week ban which could be a greater overall restriction on abortion rights than the Heartbeat Bill (a bill that’s designed to do many things, but hold up in court is not one of them).