THIRD STATE

Ohio Gov. Signs ‘Heartbeat’ Legislation Banning Abortion After Six Weeks

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine enacted a law Thursday banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected—in some cases, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The move made Ohio the third state this year to enact such a bill, which most experts say violates the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal around the country. The Ohio bill was vetoed twice by previous Gov. John Kasich over constitutional concerns, but DeWine promised to sign it into law upon taking office. The ACLU is already preparing to sue over the legislation, saying it was “designed to push abortion care out of reach.” The organization sued both Mississippi and Kentucky over similar laws passed this year.