COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The controversial “heartbeat bill” has passed the Senate 18-13 and is now headed back to the House.
The bill ban abortions in Ohio after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. An amendment to add exceptions for rape and incest, and an amendment to provide rape victims with emergency contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancies, were tabled.
The House must now vote on the changes to the bill; one amendment added could have doctors lose their medical license before they are convicted of criminal charges. The other amendment removes the transvaginal ultrasound requirement to detect the heartbeat. While this is the most effective way to detect a heartbeat there are other ways to do it without that procedure.
The House plans to vote on the bill Thursday; if approved, it will go to the Governor for his consideration.
Once he receives it, he will have 10 days (not counting Sundays) to veto it.