HEARTBEAT BILL VICTORY: PASSED BY OHIO HOUSE TODAY
Katelyn Evans 614-395-8404
Lori Viars 513-932-3554
or Mary Katherine Collins 813-482-4838
June 28, 2011 – For Immediate Release
The full Ohio House of Representatives voted 54–44 to pass the Heartbeat Bill (sub. H.B. 125) this afternoon at the Statehouse in downtown Columbus.
Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, the chair of the House Health Committee, the Heartbeat Bill would give legal protection to every pre-born child in Ohio that has a detectable heartbeat.
“For every battle weary pro-lifer who didn't see how children were going to be protected in our lifetime, come see what God is doing in Ohio. Protection for babies with beating hearts is within reach for the first time since Roe stripped their rights away. I have never been more hopeful for restoring protection to babies with beating hearts than I am right now,” declared Janet (Folger) Porter, president of Ohio-based Faith2Action and a
former legislative director for Ohio Right to Life.
In meetings with bill supporters, several of the state senators have expressed interest in serving as a sponsor or co-sponsor for the bill. Janet Porter is available for media interviews. Details on the Heartbeat Bill can be found at