Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, abortion was a prominent topic that each candidate discussed. Donald Trump, the new president elect, was extremely anti-abortion, whereas his opponent, Hillary Clinton, was pro-choice. Since the election, many states have begun implementing new abortion laws, such as Texas’ new law requiring the cremation or burial of aborted fetuses. Recently, Ohio also passed a bill that would prohibit the ability to abort if the fetus' heartbeat can be detected.

History of abortion

Although abortion has only been legal since 1973 when the supreme court case, Roe V. Wade, made it the women’s constitutional right to obtain an abortion, women have been aborting for many, many years. The 1960’s was prime time for women to take this action and many women were doing it illegally, therefore dangerously. They were putting their own lives in danger, causing many pregnancy and child-birth related deaths.

Since it was made legal, many other abortion laws have been created, such as making it illegal to obtain an abortion if the woman is past the second trimester. Planned Parenthood and other medical facilities and doctors have been known to provide women the safe and professional abortion-related services to relieve the dangers involved from doing it individually.

Ohio’s new abortion bill

During his campaign, Donald Trump made his opposition of abortion very clear.

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Subsequent to his election, he mentioned his desire to appoint Supreme Court judges that were pro-life. Ohio recently began following in the footsteps of Trump. On Tuesday afternoon, December 8, 2016, the state passed a bill that would not lawfully allow a woman to obtain an abortion if a heartbeat can be detected in the ultrasound. The first heartbeat can typically be detected around six weeks of pregnancy and the bill doesn’t make any exceptions for incest or rape.

For it to become a new law, it only needs a signature by Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich. Other states have previously attempted to pass such laws, but have been unsuccessful due to the constitutional right that Roe V. Wade applied. This therefore poses questions if Ohio’s new proposition will be successful.

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