Ohio tries again to ban abortions after heartbeat begins
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – On Tuesday, two Ohio representatives reintroduced legislation protecting babies with detectable heartbeats from abortion. Last year, Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed the measure when it came to his desk.
The human heart begins to beat around 21 days after conception.
Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, and Rep. Christina Hagan, R-Marlboro Township, introduced the bill. Hagan is 28 years old. According to Forbes, she is the youngest female ever elected to the Ohio House of Representatives.
Hagan said she doesn't care about the "political climate" as much as she cares about saving babies and educating people on abortion.
"I believe that children with beating hearts deserve protection in the state of Ohio, and we should work toward that effort regardless of what the political climate ever looks like," she told The Columbus Dispatch. “You can’t get distracted by variables you can’t control. Every chance we have to debate this, we have an opportunity to change hearts and minds on the issue."
"Every time we have the discussion about the validity of the child in the womb, I believe we save lives," she continued. "As far as having the discussion on the House floor or in committee, I will have it at every opportunity and every turn of the way. I believe that these discussions encourage others to understand and extend that protection to the unborn, even if it’s those in the Senate or the executive branch that haven’t formerly supported the legislation."
Forty-eight legislators are listed as co-sponsoring the bill with Hagan and Hood.