Today, the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee heard sponsor testimony from Representative Jean Schmidt on the Human Life Protection Act. The Human Life Protection Act effectively bans abortion and would go into effect in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned by the United States Supreme Court.

Representatives held their first hearing on House Bill 598 – the Human Life Protection Act.

The legislation is the House counterpart to Senate Bill 123 – both of which are known as trigger bills, meaning they would take effect onc the Supreme Court overturns Roe since most any abortion ban will be declared unconstitutional until then.

“Life begins at conception and continues until natural death,” Schmidt said. “We cannot deny the unborn their natural, God-given, and constitutional right to life.”

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The measure has the support of Ohio Right to Life and Elizabeth Whitmarsh, Director of Communications at Ohio Right to Life, told LifeNews this is a good bill that would provide protecting for women and unborn children.

“Make no mistake that today’s hearing is historic. This is what the pro-life movement has worked towards since January of 1973. Every single bill and grassroots effort in the state of Ohio has led us to where we are today—a veto proof pro-life Ohio General Assembly, a pro-life majority in the United States Supreme Court, and a diverse grassroots movement fighting for a culture of life.

“Ohio Right to Life has worked tirelessly to promote this bill and we will continue working day in and day out for a swift passage, having full confidence that pro-life Governor Mike DeWine will sign it into law. We are more than grateful to Representative Jean Schmidt for sponsoring this bill and being a strong pro-life leader for the cause.” 

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