Innovation Ohio Facebook Innovation Ohio Twitter Innovation Ohio Instagram

· March 26, 2015

Heartbeat Bill Passes the House

55 Lawmakers Voted For The “Heartbeat” Abortion Ban
The so-called “Heartbeat” bill (HB 69)  passed the House yesterday with a 55-40 vote. It prohibits the abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as 6 weeks of gestation. Doctors in violation of the ban would face fifth degree felony charges. The bill permits exceptions only in cases when the mother’s life is in danger or when she is at risk of developing irreversible damage to major body functions. Despite its passage in the House, the bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate, due to objections that the proposal may be unconstitutional and face a difficult path in the courts. Whatever the fate of the Heartbeat bill, other abortion restrictions are perhaps more likely to advance. A slightly more moderate  anti-abortion proposal, the Fetal Pain Abortion Bill (SB 127 and HB 117), was proposed in both chambers mid-March. This bill is fully supported by Ohio Right to Life and would ban abortions at 20 weeks of gestation. (Anti-abortion activists claim that a fetus is capable of feeling pain at 20 weeks.) Here are the votes for the Heartbeat (6-week) Abortion Ban:
House Bill 69 Vote 3/25/2015
Yes: 55
Ron Amstutz Niraj Antani John Becker Louis W. Blessing III
Terry Boose Andrew Brenner Thomas E. Brinkman, Jr. Jim Buchy
Tony Burkley Jim Butler Margaret Conditt Robert R. Cupp
Anthony DeVitis Timothy Derickson Jonathon Dever Mike Dovilla
Timothy Ginther Doug Green Bob D. Hackett Christina Hagan
David Hall Stephen D. Hambley Bill Hayes Michael Henne
Brian Hill Ron Hood Stephen A. Huffman Terry Johnson
Kyle Koehler Steven W. Kraus Sarah LaTourette Al Landis
Ron Maag Jeff McClain Robert McColley Bill Patmon
Dorothy Pelanda Rick Perales Bill Reineke Wes Retherford
Jeffrey S. Rezabek Mark J. Romanchuk Cliff Rosenberger Margaret Ann Ruhl
Tim Schaffer Gary Scherer Kirk Schuring Marilyn Slaby
Ryan Smith Robert Sprague Louis Terhar Andy Thompson
A. Nino Vitale Ron Young Paul Zeltwanger
No: 40
Marlene Anielski Nickie J. Antonio Mike Ashford Nan A. Baker
Kevin Boyce Janine R. Boyd Tim W. Brown Nicholas J. Celebrezze
Jack Cera Kathleen Clyde Hearcel F. Craig Michael F. Curtin
Denise Driehaus Mike Duffey Teresa Fedor Ronald V. Gerberry
Anne Gonzales Cheryl L. Grossman Stephanie D. Howse Greta Johnson
Stephanie Kunze David Leland Michele Lepore-Hagan Nathan H. Manning
Sean O’Brien Michael J. O’Brien John Patterson Debbie Phillips
Dan Ramos Alicia Reece John M. Rogers Scott Ryan
Barbara R. Sears Michael Sheehy Stephen Slesnick Kent Smith
Michael Stinziano Fred Strahorn Martin J. Sweeney Emilia Strong Sykes
  As always, a complete list of Ohio legislation impacting women can be found on our Women’s Watch page. We will add information and analysis on bills as they emerge during the 2015-2016 legislative session. Follow Ohio Women’s Watch on Twitter and Facebook to receive updates and alerts on legislative action.  

Related Content

Tagged in these Policy Areas: