"Heartbeat Bill" Passes; Challenges Anticipated
The Ohio House and Senate have approved the abortion legislation formerly known as the heartbeat bill. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.
Opponents of the bill, which bans abortions around six weeks, gathered outside the House chambers as the debate was happening.
Governor Mike DeWine says he will sign it. It’s also almost certain the soon to be new law will go to court, something its backers, like Republican State Representative Ron Hood welcome.
"Will there be a lawsuit? Yeah, we are counting on it. We’re counting on it. We’re excited about it."
Similar bills have passed in several other states but courts have stopped the bans from taking effect.