On Tuesday, December 13, Governor John Kasich made the decision to veto the Heartbeat Bill. House Bill 493, or the Heartbeat Bill, would make any abortion a fifth-degree felony if performed after a fetal heartbeat is (or could be) detected. A physician who performs an abortion after a heartbeat is detectable could face up to a year in prison, a civil lawsuit, or a refraction of his or her medical licensure. This excludes cases in which a physician deems that the abortion is necessary “to prevent the death of the pregnant mother or to prevent a serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.” Though the bill was passed by the state house, Governor Kasich vetoed it, sparking great controversy throughout the nation and splitting the pro-life movement.

Had it been passed, this bill would have made strides for the pro-life movement, and would have plummeted the number of abortions that would have taken place. It could have, if passed, convinced the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade (1973). Kasich has received great criticism for this veto, but, in reality, it was a smart move by the Ohio governor.

This bill would have been detrimental in that it would have cost Ohio millions of dollars, and taxpayers would have suffered. The signing of the Heartbeat Bill would have been a foolish move by Kasich in other ways too. In the long run, the heartbeat bill most likely would not have made it far. At the time when the nation that is fully divided on the issue of abortion, attempting to pass something this drastic could easily be overturned by the Supreme Court, and possibly reaffirm Roe v. Wade (1973). If the pro-life movement wants to see change in the nation, they cannot bite off more than they can chew.  The 20-week bill that Kasich signed into place is a smaller, less divisive bill that could hopefully make a stride toward a pro-life nation without overstepping boundaries between state legislatures and the Supreme Court or making matters worse for the pro-life movement.

Kasich has been perceived as weak and spineless, along with other names. This is not the case. It took a lot of courage for Kasich to veto this bill, but it was a smart move for someone who wishes to see the pro-life movement expand.