Miami Valley pro-choice activists say they’re taking action after the Ohio Legislature approved a bill banning abortion at the time a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy.
If signed by Governor Kasich, the law would be among the most stringent abortion regulations in the country.
Joy Schwab of the Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance says the group is reaching out to the governor’s office to address the issue. She thinks the legislation will be challenged in court.
“Which means Ohio taxpayers are going to be footing the bill, whether we like it or not, for this unconstitutional legislation that’s been set in motion to try to overturn a supreme court ruling from 1973,” she says.
Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling, gave women access to legal abortion until fetal viability.
Legislation in other states similar to Ohio's proposed legislation has faced legal challenges.
Governor Kasich has 10 days to sign or veto the bill.