Ohio Governor John Kasich (photo) signed a bill into law July 20 that will ban late-term abortions except when the life of the mother is in danger. Reporting on the new law, LifeNews.com noted that previously in Ohio, a woman could legally abort her baby through the ninth month of pregnancy. “With the passage of H.B. 78 and the ultimate signature by Kasich, babies who can live outside of their mother’s womb will no longer be subject to death via an abortion,” reported the pro-life news site. Commenting on the new law, which is scheduled to go into effect in late October, a Kasich spokesman declared that the governor “is pro-life, has been pro-life throughout his career and believes strongly in the sanctity of human life.” In his own statement the governor declared that life “is a gift from God and one way that we express our ongoing gratitude for it is by respecting it. This bill does that in a very fundamental way and I’m proud to have signed it into law.”
State Senator Peggy Lehner, one of the bill’s sponsors, pointed out that abortions “can currently be performed in Ohio up to the moment of birth, but many doctors agree that a child can live outside the womb after just 22 to 24 weeks. This bill will prevent late-term abortions … and help better protect our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.”
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