Gov. Kasich Signs Landmark Bill to Challenge Roe

Gov. Kasich Signs Landmark Bill to Challenge Roe


DATE: Tuesday, December 13, 2016     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, Governor John Kasich signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Sub. S.B. 127), landmark legislation which poses a historic challenge to Roe v. Wade. Governor Kasich also vetoed Am. Sub. H.B. 493, commonly known as the Heartbeat Bill.

The following statement can be attributed to Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life:

On behalf of Ohio Right to Life and our statewide members, we sincerely thank Governor Kasich for his unwavering support for the unborn and our pro-life mission. By signing S.B. 127, the 20-week ban, Governor Kasich will save hundreds of unborn lives each year and he positioned the state of Ohio to directly challenge Roe v. Wade. The 20-week ban was nationally designed to be the vehicle to end abortion in America. It challenges the current national abortion standard and properly moves the legal needle from viability to the baby’s ability to feel pain. 

Given the current make-up of the United States Supreme Court, Governor Kasich got it right by embracing the strategic incremental approach to ending abortion. Pro-life Ohioans are proud to have his support as a super majority of Republicans and Democrats within the General Assembly voted to support the 20-week ban. At no time in our state’s history have we had such protective pro-life laws, and we have Gov. Kasich and our pro-life legislature to thank. 

Ohio Right to Life supports Governor Kasich’s decision to bypass the heartbeat legislative approach at this time. While it must have been difficult, the current make-up of a radically pro-abortion Supreme Court required the Governor to exercise great restraint. Further, filling the current vacancy on the Court by our next President will still leave the court with a pro-abortion majority. 

The current pro-abortion Supreme Court was given the opportunity on two occasions in 2016 to address heartbeat legislation and both times refused to hear the case allowing the lower court’s ruling to stand. Both of those states’ heartbeat laws have been ruled unconstitutional, never took effect and saved not one unborn life. Legal scholars believe that asking the Court to entertain a third heartbeat law at this time would cause irreparable harm to the pro-life movement. The highest court in America has spoken twice on heartbeat laws in 2016, and the court supported the pro-abortion position. 

Recently, the Governor on the Ohio House floor stated: “Political calculations ought to be left at the door.” Gov. Kasich put those words into action today by laying aside the heartbeat bill. By endorsing the 20-week ban in lieu of the heartbeat approach, Governor Kasich provided strong pro-life leadership to finally engage a winnable battle with the federal judiciary while saving countless babies at the same time.

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death. 


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  • Sharon Stewart
    commented 2017-01-04 22:09:39 -0500
    It is sick and don’t try to give me the my body my choice line. It isn’t your body being dismembered one piece at a time it is your child’s.
  • Sharon Stewart
    commented 2017-01-04 22:06:57 -0500
    Planned Parenthood is still doing abortions on women way past 20 weeks. This is a fact not a rumor.
  • Joanna Stafish
    commented 2016-12-19 05:12:07 -0500
    Ohio Right to Life! Really? You support the veto of the bill that would ban the killing of a human being whose heartbeat is detected in the womb? Why, if you are on Facebook, you better check and see if NARAL has sent you a friend request. Shame on you from a person for whom the value of the life of a human being is not measured by its size. May God forgive you for what you have done. You are in my prayers.
  • Carlos Lopez
    commented 2016-12-15 13:28:56 -0500
    This is why people are done with politicians. Never compromise. Lukewarm Christians is what they are.
  • Gabriel Dannemiller
    commented 2016-12-14 22:40:57 -0500
    It’s not about politics – it’s about doing what is right. As Ohioans, we should take a stand against the culture of death – feet planted to the ground. This means not compromising on ANYTHING and it goes for the governor too. It doesn’t matter what the higher courts say, one should still do what is right. So, in this case, a hypocritical statement is made: lives are important when they are 20 weeks or older, but not any earlier, based on the governor’s decision. And the fact that Ohio Right To Life is supporting the governor’s decision is completely embarrassing and disheartening. I’m glad the governor did sign this one bill, but the other one needed his signature even more.
  • Chris Develing
    commented 2016-12-14 10:21:03 -0500
    Amazing. You put the number of abortions this year on your homepage while supporting the veto of the only bill that could have actually changed that number in the future. You know what you should do Ohio for Life? Pay your doners their money back because this is not what they paid you to be doing with their money.
  • Monte Harms
    commented 2016-12-14 08:29:17 -0500
    What a ridiculous reason for vetoing a bill, and on top of that it’s from an organization that claims it is for life. Admitting defeat before it even goes to court is unbelievable. What if there happens to be two open positions for the Supreme Court before this bill actually gets there?
  • Colin Ashley
    commented 2016-12-13 22:30:07 -0500
    The “visual” demonstrated by the Ohio Right to Life in supporting the veto of the Heartbeat Bill is that of an organization which is more interested in playing politics than in unashamedly fighting for the life of every unborn baby.
  • Katie Franklin
    published this page in Press Releases 2016-12-13 16:11:28 -0500


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