The attempt to override Gov. Kasich’s veto of the Heartbeat Bill failed in the Senate. As we reported earlier, the Heartbeat Bill would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill was passed by the House and Senate on Nov 15, and vetoed by Gov. Kasich on December 21.
On Thursday December 27, the Ohio House voted to override the veto by 60-28. The Senate voted 19-13; of the 33 members, only 19 of the 20 needed voted in favor of overriding the veto. State Senator Bill Beagle cast the no vote that kept the Senate from overriding the veto. Beagle, who voted to pass the bill out of committee and to pass it on the floor when it passed the first time, knowing there would be a veto, showed his true colors when it came time to override.
Other Republicans who voted no (meaning against the bill) were:
It’s insane to think that Republicans run on the platform of being pro-life, yet won’t vote for crucial pro-life bills.
Democrats in the house reportedly argued that the Bill is unconstitutional, with which Kasich ultimately agreed.
“As governor I have worked hard to strengthen Ohio’s protections for the sanctity of human life , and I have deep respect for my fellow members in the pro-life community and their ongoing efforts in defense of unborn life”
Ohio Right to Life had previously remained neutral on the bill due to constitutional concerns, but the pro-life group later announced their full support for the heartbeat abortion ban. They also announced their intention to send a new heartbeat bill to the governor’s desk during the next legislative session, now that the senate has failed to override the veto.
Governor-elect Mike DeWine has said he would sign the new bill.