Ohio Senate Upholds Governor's Veto of Controversial Heartbeat Bill


The Republican-led Ohio Senate voted 19-13 on Thursday to uphold Governor John Kasich's veto of the so-called Heartbeat Bill.


The Senate fell one vote shy of the required twenty votes needed to make the bill law. The Ohio House had voted 68-20 earlier today to override the Governor's veto over objections from Democrats who, like the Governor, said the bill was unconstitutional.


The measure would have banned abortion after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as soon as six weeks into a pregnancy, before some woman know they are pregnant. It's considered one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation.

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