UPDATED 6:48 M PT – Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Ohio state lawmakers are optimistic they will be able to pass the “heartbeat bill” this time around, with Governor Mike DeWine in office.
Republicans in both chambers reintroduced legislation on Tuesday to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six-weeks.
It also includes exemptions for women with a life-threatening pregnancy, and recommends prison time for doctors found to be in violation.
Lawmakers passed a similar version of the bill in both 2016 and 2018, but both times it was vetoed by then-Governor John Kasich.
However, DeWine has struck a very different tone than his predecessor. He said he would “absolutely” sign the “heartbeat bill” if it reaches his desk.