Ohio House passes heartbeat bill; it now heads to governor’s desk

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The controversial “heartbeat bill” has passed in the Ohio House overnight.

The House voted 53 to 32 to agree with the Senate’s amendments.

The Senate passed the bill on Wednesday with a vote of 18-13. 

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 bill is now headed to the Governor John Kasich’s desk for a signature or veto.

Kasich will have 10 days to veto it. He will also decide whether or not to sign a bill banning dilation and evacuation abortions, also known as D and C. 

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