Janet Folger Porter

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When Gov. Mike DeWine signed the controversial bill into law that bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, the woman who launched the first version of it in Ohio in 2011 and fought for it till it passed wasn’t there. 

Faith 2 Action’s Janet Folger Porter clamored for passage of the legislation known as the Heartbeat Bill for eight years, during which time former Gov. John Kasich vetoed it twice. She was excited when lawmakers passed it a third time.

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Abortion is a big deal for Ohio lawmakers as they proceed through the Lame Duck session of this legislature. There are two bills that could end up on Governor Kasich’s desk soon.

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Supporters of a strict abortion ban that was vetoed by Gov. John Kasich are not giving up.

Janet Folger Porter has harsh words for lawmakers who didn’t come back into session to override Kasich’s veto of the so-called heartbeat bill.

“They literally chose to stay on vacation rather than override Kasich’s heartless veto of the heartbeat bill.”

Janet Folger Porter of Faith2Action
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The Ohio Legislature has passed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the United States. The House and Senate yesterday both approved a ban on abortion at the point at which a fetal heartbeat can be detected – which can be in as little as six weeks into pregnancy.

Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, the bill will likely face a court challenge if Gov. John Kasich signs it.