Pro-lifers split on Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill”

Via News from The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state House committee on Wednesday narrowly approved a bill that would impose the strictest abortion limit in the nation, outlawing the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat.

The Health Committee voted 12-11 to approve the so-called Heartbeat Bill. The bill would need to be approved by the House, where its future is uncertain.

Supporters led by Janet Folger Porter, the director of the Faith2Action network of pro-family groups and a former legislative director of the anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life, have hoped aloud that the bill sparks a legal challenge to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.

Interestingly, not all pro-lifers support this:

But Porter doesn’t have the support of Ohio Right to Life, which fears the legal challenge she seeks could jeopardize other abortion limits in Ohio and expand access to legal abortions.

“As drafted, our position has been very clear. This bill had numerous negative consequences and unintended consequences,” said Ohio Right to Life executive director Mike Gonadakis. “It’s the right idea at the wrong time. Timing’s everything in the pro-life movement.”

Gonadakis said an unsuccessful court challenge that makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court could end up overturning Ohio’s informed consent law, which mandates that a physician must meet with a woman seeking an abortion at least 24 hours before the procedure and that the woman must be given certain information and sign a consent form. He said the group has consulted its lawyers and will continue to share their thoughts with House members in hopes of blocking a vote by the full chamber.

One thing we do know is that the pro-legalized abortionists flunk the basic biology question yet again (emphasis added):

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio executive director Kellie Copeland blasted those who backed the heartbeat measure in Wednesday’s vote.

“This just shows this committee doesn’t give a damn about the reproductive rights of Ohio women nor does it trust them to make their own decisions,” Copeland said. “And I would encourage everyone who cares about women’s reproductive health care to remember this the next time they go to the polls.”

News flash for Ms. Copeland: Women who seek abortions have already reproduced. It is a scientific fact that the unborn are unique, living human beings from conception.  The question is whether those human beings should have a right to life.  Sound bites about trusting women to make their own decisions don’t apply to human beings outside the womb, so why does the location make it permissible to kill the unborn?

One thought on “Pro-lifers split on Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill””

  1. Thank you for this informative article, Neil! I am not a person easily shocked by movements, behaviors, and opinions in this world, but confess I am amazed anew by the opinions expressed by those granted the right to live who readily and speedily deny that same right to others.


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