Last week, Ohio passed legislation that would ban abortions after a child’s heartbeat could be detected, which is around six weeks after conception. In addition, Ohio legislators passed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of life. Today, Ohio Governor, John Kasich signed one of the pieces of pro-life legislation into law, while vetoing the stricter ‘Heartbeat Bill’.
While the stricter legislation ultimately failed, it is not a total loss for the pro-life movement.
For millennials, this new law should provide hope. According to a poll taken earlier this year, millennials are becoming a generation increasingly against abortion. Not only should the passing of the 20-week abortion ban should provide hope, but this is now the 18th pro-life bill that Gov. Kasich has signed into law. Children will be saved from abortions after 20 weeks.
When a child can survive outside of the womb, they will have that opportunity to do so.
The vetoing of the ‘Heartbeat Bill’ still comes with disappointment. Young children in the womb will still be at risk of abortion for the first 19 weeks of their lives. But, as our generation is a passionate group of people, I have no doubt that the fight to end abortion will go on. Simply the passing of the legislation at the state Capitol is a significant move in the right direction.
We should take this disappointment as an opportunity. There are already legislators who believe that every child has the right to life, even at the first precious moments that life is detected. With a Republican majority in the House and the Senate, an incoming pro-life president, and a majority of Republican governors, I have much hope that our generation will fight on to save another life.
At every stage of life, a child is a child. The only difference between a child in the womb and a child outside of the womb is location. The only difference between a child at six weeks and 20 weeks is time to develop. Despite when and where a child is born into this world, each one deserves the right to life.
Millennials will still have many chances to fight for life. In fact, the simultaneous vetoing of the ‘Heartbeat Bill’ and passage of the 20-week ban on abortion proves there is still both hope and room to fight.