Republican lawmakers in Ohio proposed abortion legislation more restrictive than the recent Texas heartbeat bill.
House Bill 480 does not list any exemptions, for instance the current version of the bill does not allow abortions before a heartbeat is detected (typically around the six week mark), nor if the child is conceived in rape or incest.
Like its controversial predecessor, HB480 promotes citizen-based enforcement, which led the HuffPost to refer to it as a “copycat Texas abortion restriction.” Citizens who sue those involved with organizing or performing an abortion are eligible for a $10,000 bounty.
“This act is entitled the 2363 Act for the two thousand three hundred sixty-three children lost to abortion every day in the United States,” explains the legislation. Jena Powell and Thomas Hall are the primary sponsors of the bill, both Ohio Republicans.
Despite strong legal and social opposition, the Texas heartbeat bill evaded blocks by the Supreme Court and allegations of unconstitutionality. Thereby, the legislation set a new legal precedent for abortion rights in America, and illustrated a signifciant societal shift since the passing of Roe v. Wade in 1973.
After the success of Texas’ heartbeat bill, other states including Florida and South Dakota, both led by Republican governors, are developing similar anti-abortion legislation.
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