DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN) – Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed the heartbeat bill Thursday, breaking with his predecessor, Republican John Kasich, who had vetoed the measure twice.
Joy Schwab with the Dayton Women’s Right’s Alliance said, “Governor DeWine and the Republican controlled congress in Ohio have just endangered women’s lives.”
Schwab said the heartbeat law sets Ohio back several decades adding women would have abortions whether they’re legal or not.
“It takes us back to the days when women were dying in back alleys from illegal abortions,” Schwab said.
Representative Niraj Antani, Miamisburg-R, was one of the sponsors of the bill. “Those of us who are pro-life, we believe that this should be law and that this law will save the lives of countless babies.” Antani said.
Under the law, women will have to decide earlier whether they’d like to see their pregnancy to full term. An abortion will be against the law if the fetus has a heartbeat. The law leaves no room for exceptions for victims of rape and incest. It is the latest chapter in a complicated and dividing issue.
Pro-choice supporter Jeff Dour told 2 News, “I think it’s really up to a the women or parents that conceived the child to decide on that.”
Pro-life supporter Von Delere told 2 News, “I think once theres a heartbeat it’s a live human being. It’s a person so I’m in favor of that new law.”
No sooner had the ink dried, the legal challenges began. The American Civil Liberties Union has already threatened to challenge the bill in court calling it unconstitutional.
“Clinics will remain open while this is in court. Women will be able to get safe and legal abortion while the battle rages on in courts,” Schwab said.
The bill’s signing now fulfills one of Governor Mike DeWine’s campaign promises.