OH became the sixth state in the nation on Thursday to outlaw abortion from the time when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
Governor Mike DeWine signed into law the "Human Rights Protection Act", known as the "heartbeat bill", after the Ohio House voted 56-40 and the Senate 18-13 to pass the measure. John Kasich, vetoed similar legislation in 2016.
State Rep. Christina Hagan, a Republican who sponsored the bill, previously told reporters that lawmakers drafted the legislation in direct opposition to Roe v. Wade: "Our intention is to go directly to the heart of Roe v. Wade and to challenge the question of when a life begins in the United States and when [unborn babies'] constitutional protection is due to them".
The Ohio Heartbeat bill, or Ohio Senate Bill 23, makes no exceptions in occasions of rape or incest and is notoriously one of the strictest abortion bans in the country.
Already this year, there have been two other states - Kentucky and MS - where similar so-called "heartbeat" bills have been signed into law.
The debate over such a ban in Georgia is ongoing, and the state's legislature has approved of the bill but it is awaiting the governor's signature.
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As soon as DeWine signed the OH bill into law, the state's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced that they will be challenging it in court. Iris Harvey, the chief executive officer and president of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, has made it clear that she is willing to take the bill to the Supreme Court if necessary.
"The lower courts are going to find these laws unconstitutional because the Supreme Court requires that outcome", said Hillary Schneller, an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Schneller said she is skeptical the reconfigured court will overturn or weaken Roe, as abortion foes are hoping: "Over 45 years, the court has had different compositions, and we've always gotten the same answer".
Regardless of what happens with Ohio's bill, the sting in the legislature is palpable.
OH has passed a law making it illegal to procure an abortion after six weeks gestation.
A foetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
(Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch via AP) Some members of the Ohio House applaud following the vote for the Heartbeat Bill while others photograph protesters who unfurled banners reading "This is not a House of Worship" and "This is not a Doctor's office" at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, on April 10, 2019. The legislation also allows the State Medical Board to take disciplinary actions against doctors found in violation and impose penalties of up to $20,000. Many anti-abortion activists in favor of these bills have expressed that the ultimate goal is to overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion entirely illegal.