Columbus, Ohio, Dec 27, 2018 / 11:44 am
Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio on Dec. 21 vetoed a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, but today the Republican-led Ohio House of Representatives voted 60-28 successfully to override the governor's veto.
The Ohio senate subsequently failed to override the governor's veto Dec. 27, with just 19 senators voting in favor of the bill, with 20 votes needed for an override.
Democrats in the house reportedly argued that House Bill 258 iis unconstitutional, an assertion with which Kasich ultimately agreed.
"As governor I have worked hard to strengthen Ohio's protections for the sanctity of human life , and I have deep respect for my fellow members in the pro-life community and their ongoing efforts in defense of unborn life," Governor Kasich wrote Dec. 21 in a message accompanying the veto.