Ohio Legislators Trying AGAIN to Outlaw Abortion

3 day old human embyro

Three Day Old Human Embryo.

Ohio legislators continue to push bills that will make it hard or impossible for a woman to have and abortion. Currently, the right win Republican driven legislature are discussion no less than four bills that, if passed, will severely limit a woman’s right to abortion or outlaw it altogether.

Using a throw it and see if it sticks approach, Ohio Republicans are doing everything they can to make abortion illegal. One bill makes abortion illegal after 20 weeks. Another bill bans aborting a fetus with Down Syndrome, and yet another adds “a trigger clause to block abortions in Ohio should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe vs. Wade.”

Yesterday, Ohio legislators began debating HB 69,  also known as the Heartbeat Bill. Marc Kovac, Capitol reporter for Dix Communications, had this to say about their deliberations  (link no longer active):

State lawmakers began deliberations Tuesday on legislation that would ban abortions within weeks of conception.

This is the third session the Heartbeat Bill has been offered. Sponsors told the House’s Community and Family Advancement Community that the proposed law change is needed to address “the human rights issue of our generation.”

“Biology is crystal clear that at the moment of conception, a unique organism comes into existence,” said Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance), who carried the Heartbeat Bill last session and who is a primary co-sponsor again this session. “Since this new life possesses human DNA and is the offspring of human parents, it can only be described as a human life.”
She added, “As far as observable science is concerned,human life begins at conception.”

Hagan and Rep. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) offered testimony and answered questions for a hour and a half Tuesday afternoon during the initial hearing on HB 69, which would “generally prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat” and “create the Joint Legislative Committee on Adoption Promotion and Support.” Proponents believe the
legislation could serve as the vehicle to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

“… It’s been 42 years of abortion on demand which has destroyed the lives of 56 million human beings,” Hood said. “At some point we actually have to do more than regulate how and where we kill children. We actually have to protect them. “The Heartbeat Bill will finally recognize the universal indicator of life —the heartbeat, the human heartbeat of a human life.”

Opponents, however, think the Heartbeat Bill goes too far. Some abortion opponents say the resulting legal challenges could end up undoing other abortion-related restrictions in state law. Others call it an attempt by Statehouse Republicans to further restrict women’s access to health care…

Fetus at 28 days, HB 69 would making aborting this illegal

Fetus at 28 days, HB 69 would make aborting this illegal

HB 69 is fifty pages long, filled with legalese meant to obfuscate and confuse, with the desired result being no Ohio doctor will be willing to perform ANY abortion procedure. The bill not only makes abortion illegal after a heartbeat is detected, it also adds layers of reporting and counseling requirements. The goal is simple…NO ABORTIONS.

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Fetus at 56 days, 1/2 inch long

Ohio Republicans are hypocrites. The issue isn’t science. No matter how many big words they use in the bill in an attempt to give HB 69 respectability, the real reason for this bill is that its sponsors are Christians who believe God is the giver and taker of life. Their agenda is a religious one, and they will not stop until all abortion procedures are illegal. In their mind, abortion is murder, yet the HB 69 makes no provision for criminalizing the actions of those who are culpable in the death of the fetus. Shouldn’t everyone who played a part in the abortion be charged with murder? (Please read 25 Questions for Those Who Say Abortion is Murder)

These days, I wonder if I went to sleep one night in Ohio and woke up the next day in North Carolina. What happened to the progressive Ohio of my youth? Ohio has become a joke, a state-owned and operated by Jesus H Christ. The Heartbeat bill has failed twice, but I fear it might have a good chance of passing this time.

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3 Comments

  1. Becky Wiren

    I feel the same way Bruce. The wonderful progressive Ohio I’ve lived in most of my life is turning into a Christian theocracy. It’s horrible. And we, you and I, live in an area where most of the people here approve. It’s sickening.

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      It’s like the difference between night and day. Even in the days when Jim Rhodes was governor, both sides of the aisle tried to work with the other. Now? The Democrats are AWOL and the inmates are running the asylum. It is disheartening and depressing.

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  2. Troy

    “Biology is crystal clear that at the moment of conception, a unique organism comes into existence,” This is incorrect. Identical twins are the result of one “conception” and are both unique organisms. “Conception” does have biological signficance, it is the beginning of the 2N phase of the life cycle. (Many eukaryotes, including plants, use the alternation of generations life cycle, in some the 1N phase dominates, in vertebrates the 2N phase dominates at all points of the life cycle all intermediaries such as sperm, eggs, or pollen for example are alive.)
    By analogy the zygote, the product of “conception” is the same as an acorn, which no one would mistake for an oak tree.
    “Since this new life possesses human DNA and is the offspring of human parents, it can only be described as a human life.”
    Yes it is human life, not “a” human life. I wouldn’t call it “new” life either, rather it is merely genetically distinct, but as I’ve shown genetic distinct doesn’t in itself mean anything. I can hit the inside of my cheek with a tooth pick and pull out a few cells these cells are also human life but they are not a human life and they certainly are not a person.
    The exact point a person becomes a person is a cultural one and can’t be put to a scientific test, especially by scientific neophytes typical of legislative social conservatives.

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