Republicans Cave to Kasich Over Veto Threats of Heartbeat Abortion Ban, Stand Your Ground Law

Kasich called for gun control instead of the Stand Your Ground law.

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(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Republican lawmakers in Ohio did not have the courage this week to stand up to Gov. John Kasich, who threatened to veto conservative legislation that would have protected citizens, including unborn Americans.

Kasich said he would veto a Stand Your Ground law and a heartbeat abortion ban—two top priority laws for conservative Republicans. He previously vetoed the heartbeat abortion ban, which would outlaw abortions at the moment doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat, in 2016.

Kasich’s resistance to conservative legislation could have to do with his 2020 presidential ambitions, in which he plans to run as a centrist.

Republicans in the Ohio Senate passed a watered-down version of the initial stand-your-ground legislation, removing language that would have changed the state’s current laws about citizens defending themselves, CantonRep reported.

The current law requires “Ohioans…to retreat before using deadly force when facing a serious threat in public,” Dayton Daily News reported.

The legislation passed by Senate Republicans, in a 19-10 vote, will not change the current legal requirement for citizens to retreat rather than defend themselves.

Kasich called for gun control instead of the Stand Your Ground law.

He requested a “red flag” provision that would have let local law enforcement ask courts to remove firearms from people who are deemed to be threats to themselves or others. Republican lawmakers did not include it.

The bill that passed, House Bill 228, amends Ohio law so that the burden of proof in self-defense cases falls on the prosecution, not the defendant. Now, the prosecution will have to prove that defendants did not act in self-defense.

HB 228 also “adopts the federal definition of a sawed-off firearm, bars straw-man purchases of guns and allows off-duty police officers to carry concealed weapons,” Dayton Daily News reported.

Jim Irvine, board president at the Buckeye Firearms Association, supported the amended bill.

“The Buckeye Firearms Association and NRA, we will be back next session to work on the duty to retreat stuff. We think that is important,” Irvine said.

Republicans lawmakers also buckled in response to Kasich’s opposition to the heartbeat abortion ban.

Senate Health Committee Chairman Dave Burke, R-Marysville, said the committee has enough votes to pass the bill to the full Senate, but it has not left enough time to override Kasich’s planned veto.

Jaime Miracle of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio praised opposition to the heartbeat abortion ban.

“While we celebrate a temporary stall, we will remain vigilant through the rest of lame duck and Mike DeWine’s governorship that starts in January to make sure that we protect abortion access in the state of Ohio,” Miracle said.

Ohio’s Governor-elect Mike DeWine said he will sign the bill if it comes to his desk.

If Republican lawmakers pass the heartbeat abortion ban, and DeWine signs it into law, then Ohio would join Arkansas, North Dakota, and Iowa as states with the toughest laws to protect the killing of unborn children in the womb. The heartbeat abortion bans have also led to a challenge of Roe v. Wade.