The bill, whose final tally was 47-40, would have protected thousands of unborn children a year by making it illegal to abort a baby once a heartbeat is detected.
Of the 11 Republicans who voted against the Heartbeat Bill, 4 were former co-sponsors for the bill. Pro-life group Faith2Action points out that Representatives Nan Baker, Anne Gonzales, Cheryl Grossman, Barbra Spears, had backed the first heartbeat introduced to the Ohio House several years ago.
As of this time none of these former backers have responded to email inquiries by the Ashland Free Press as to why they flipped and turned on their former support.
This is the second time the Heartbeat Bill has come to the Ohio House. The original bill passed the house in 2011, but it died in the Senate when then Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus failed to bring it to a vote.
"It's disappointing that Republicans who control the Ohio House & Ohio Senate failed to pass the pro-life Heartbeat Bill," said Lori Viars, pro-life advocate and Executive Committee Member of the Warren County Republican Party.
"We lost by three votes in the Ohio House, with 11 Republicans voting against the bill. Senate President Keith Faber and moderate and liberal Republicans in the Ohio Senate refused to even allow hearings on the bill. Shame on these legislators who ran on pro-life promises and then sold out conservative voters and unborn babies."
Ohio Governor John Kasich has also been criticized by pro-life supporters for his opposition to the bill. During his campaign for re-election this past year a YouTube video was produced blasting his limp inaction in pushing the bill.
Among those in favor of the Bill was David Hall, representive of the 70th district, which includes Ashland. Hall not only supported the Heartbeat Bill, but acted as a co-sponsor for it.
Richland County Representative Mark Romanchuk also voted in favor of the bill.
No quote has yet been received from either Hall Romanchuk regarding their thoughts on the bill's failure.
Despite the loss pro-life leaders remain optimistic about the future. Lori Viers said that they plan on introducing another Heartbeat bill in 2015. "There are some new incoming State Reps who are very pro-life, so we are hopeful it will pass in the new term."