Protesters use wire coat hangers to protest "Heartbeat bill"

Protestors are hanging wire coat hangers on the fence of the Ohio Statehouse to protest the "Heartbeat bill." (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Protestors showed their disgust of the Ohio House approved "Heartbeat bill" Saturday.

Messages on the hangers included; "Healthcare not hangers," "Stop the Bans," and "Women's Rights are Human Rights."

The event was started on Facebook by central Ohio author, Andrew Miller.

"I would like the governor to take a stand, and remove this language from an otherwise non-controversial bill," said Miller. "If he is unwilling to do this, then I would like him to at least show his true colors and sign the bill so that the next time he runs for office he cannot hide behind an argument that he hadn't been the one to enact this legislation."

ABC 6/FOX 28 asked Miller if he was acting as part of a group, but he responded saying that the event was inspired by women in his life. Miller says some of them have would have been affected by the bill in a "very negative way." He also wanted to ensure a future where his daughter would have the ability to make her own choices regarding her body.

"There are surely people on the other side of this argument who are unwilling to consider anything past what is happening within the womb," said Miller in regards to those in favor of the bill, "but I hope that they take a moment to consider those with the least among us who will suffer ever further indignation due to regressive legislation like this."

The protest was scheduled to continue through Monday morning.

Governor Kasich has until Saturday December 17th to either veto the entire bill, or "line item veto" the heartbeat portion of the bill before it would automatically become law.

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