Lawmakers send Kasich new abortion restrictions
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature sent Ohio Gov. John Kasich a pair of new abortion restrictions on Friday, including legislation banning terminations at the first detectable fetal heartbeat that he’s vowed to veto.
Following marathon lame-duck votes that lasted into the wee hours, Ohio lawmakers left open the possibility of returning to override any vetoes.
However, the so-called heartbeat bill didn’t get the 60 House votes Friday that would be needed. It was the second time in two years that lawmakers have sent the heartbeat bill to Kasich’s desk. He vetoed a similar measure in December 2016.
The final legislation specifies a transvaginal ultrasound isn’t required. That would mean detection of the heartbeat would be possible at around 10 weeks, rather than six weeks.
The other bill, approved during a Thursday session that continued overnight, bans dilation and evacuation abortions, one of the most common methods for the procedure.