The “heartbeat bill” – Ohio Governor blocks law restricting abortion

Publié le : 21 January 2019

Ohio Governor John Kasich vetoed the “heartbeat”  the law that would ban abortion on detection of the first heartbeat. This law was passed by the Ohio House of Representatives in November[1] and by the Senate in December[2]. During an exceptional Christmas session, the Senate met to vote to cancel the veto, but with 19 votes in favour and 13 against, the cancellation could not take place: a minimum of 20 votes is required to override a governor’s veto of a law.

John Kasich had already vetoed similar legislation in 2016[3].

 


[1] see Ohio: draft bill to ban abortion of foetuses with detectable heartbeats

[2] see Ohio: the Senate bans abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detectable

[3] see Ohio: the governor opposes a draft bill which bans abortion after detecting a foetal heart beat

 

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