Breaking News: Heart Beating Strong for Babies in Ohio

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Heart Beating Strong for Babies in Ohio

Ohio is the home of our international headquarters and was the first state to introduce a partial-birth abortion ban. Cincinnati is considered to be one of the birthplaces of the pro-life movement. Ohio has established the reputation of taking the lead in protecting unborn babies. The ensuing national debate over partial-birth abortion involved countless pro-life organizations and is credited with shifting a nation’s focus from a “woman’s right to choose” to the humanity of the unborn child.

Now in 2011, I’m excited to tell you the Buckeye State is once again closer than ever to being a major leader and game-changer in safeguarding precious life inside the womb.

Earlier this year, state legislators put forward the Heartbeat Bill—legislation that prohibits abortion when the unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected. The baby’s heart begins to beat between 18 and 28 days after conception, but it can’t be heard in average clinical settings until after the mother has missed her second period (approximately 6-8 weeks after fertilization).

If the Heartbeat Bill becomes law, a vast majority of Ohio’s preborn babies now being killed by abortion will be saved. Click here for more in-depth information.

Senate President Tom Niehaus announced this week that after a four-month impasse—the Ohio House passed the bill in June—both he and his caucus are ready to move it to a committee hearing. Provided we get support from the State Senate and an approval by pro-life Governor John Kasich, Ohio will soon have one of the most protective laws in the country.

 

This latest development is great news. But considering the state’s aggressive abortion lobby, as well as national pro-abortion groups, there is certain to be a legal challenge.

Even so, just as the decade-long legal battle over partial-birth abortion focused America’s attention on the humanity of the unborn child late in pregnancy, a similar process with the Heartbeat Bill could change the landscape of abortion discourse in early pregnancy. This could be a huge boost toward ultimate victory of protecting all innocent human life.

Please join me in prayer that the silenced voice of countless victims of abortion will be heard in Ohio’s capitol. Pray that God would move the hearts of the State Senate and Governor to make the Heartbeat Bill law.

Every incremental victory in the fight to protect life counts. I’m especially grateful to Janet Porter and others who’ve taken the leadership to pass this vital legislation. And I’m thankful for pro-lifers like you who faithfully speak out for the little ones who cannot speak for themselves.>

For the babies and their parents,
Bradley Mattes
Executive Director
Life Issues Institute

12/2/11

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Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute

Life Issues Institute is dedicated to changing hearts and minds of millions of people through education. For 27 years, organizations and individuals around the world have depended upon Life Issues Institute to provide the latest information and effective tools to protect innocent human life from womb to tomb.

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