COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced Senate Bill 23, often referred to as the "Heartbeat Bill," passed both the Ohio House and Senate Wednesday. The bill reaffirms the Senate's strong commitment to protecting the right to life for Ohio's unborn children.

The bill, co-sponsored by Obhof, generally prohibits an abortion if the baby has a detectable heartbeat, one of the clearest and most universal indicators of life.

"This will be one of the most protective laws in the nation," said Obhof. "Ohio stands in contrast to states like New York and Virginia, which are headed in the wrong direction."

Senate Bill 23 now heads to Governor Mike DeWine for his consideration. The Ohio Senate has passed the Heartbeat Bill in two prior General Assemblies, but the bill was twice vetoed by former Governor John Kasich. Governor DeWine has indicated he will sign the bill into law.