The Republican-led Ohio state legislature failed to override Republican Governor John Kasich’s veto of a major pro-life priority Thursday.
The legislation, known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” would have outlawed abortion as soon as a heartbeat was detected in the baby. Despite claiming to be “pro-life,” Kasich said he vetoed the bill because he did not think it would hold up in court. Kasich previously vetoed a similar bill in 2016. (RELATED: John Kasich To Veto 6-Week Abortion Ban And Gun Rights Bill)
The state House had enough votes to override the veto at 61-28, but the Senate fell just short, voting 19-13 in favor of the override. The state Senate needed 20 votes to overrule the veto.
The legislature overrided Kasich’s lame-duck veto on another bill aimed at expanding gun rights in Ohio.
Despite the setback, the pro-life movement in Ohio has reason to be optimistic about finally getting this bill through in the future. Republican Governor-elect Mike Dewine has pledged to sign the “Heartbeat Bill.”