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Ohio senate falls 1 vote short on veto override of "heartbeat bill"

John Kasich
John Kasich. Photo: Chip Somodevliia/Getty Images

The "heartbeat bill" won't become Ohio law after the state senate fell just one vote short on a veto override Thursday after outgoing Governor John Kasich (R) vetoed the controversial bill, WOSU radio reports.

Why it matters: The bill would have made it illegal for women in Ohio to get an abortion once a fetal heartbeat was detected, which typically happens in the first few weeks of a pregnancy. Kasich vetoed a similar bill in 2016.