Ohio governor signs ban on abortion after 1st heartbeat

Ohio governor signs ban on abortion after 1st heartbeat
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine speaks during a public inauguration ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, Pool) (Source: John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI, OH (AP/FOX19) -Ohio’s governor signed a bill Thursday afternoon imposing one of the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine had pledged to sign the heartbeat bill. The bill cleared the state Legislature on Wednesday.

DeWine’s signature will make Ohio the sixth state to vote to ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat, which can come as early as five or six weeks into pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant.

Courts blocked heartbeat laws in two other states and a third is awaiting governor’s action.

DeWine’s support for the bill breaks with his predecessor. Former Gov. John Kasich, a fellow Republican, twice vetoed it on grounds it was unconstitutional and would spark a costly court challenge.

Opponents in Ohio have already vowed to sue.

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