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Personhood amendment fails. Now to wait and see if Ohio's Heartbeat bill passes.

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:48 AM
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New Ads Push for Passage of Ohio 'Heartbeat' Bill

By Brittany Smith | CP Contributor

The “Heartbeat” bill is still waiting to see legislative action in the Ohio Senate, but the group Ohio ProLife Action is taking a proactive approach to speeding up the legal process. This week they released a new ad urging the Ohio Senate to send the bill to committee, and to do it quickly.


The 30-second spot is fairly simple: A school bus pulls up to a bus stop where two children are waiting. As they board the bus, a voiceover begins by saying the passage of the bill “will save the equivalent of a school bus full of children every single day.”

Images of children on a school bus are shown as the ad progresses. At the bottom of the screen these words appear: “The Heartbeat bill will save 70 Ohio children every day.” The first commercial aired in Dayton and ends by asking people to call their senators, with the names and numbers listed on the screen. For the bill to pass, 17 of Ohio’s 33 senators need to vote “yes.”

The “Heartbeat” bill would outlaw an abortion at the first detectable fetal heartbeat. A heartbeat can usually be heard around six to seven weeks into a pregnancy. The law would also become the nation’s strictest abortionlimit to date.

President of Ohio ProLife Action Linda Theis told The Christian Post that after the vote went through the House on June 28, winning 54-43, they immediately took it to the Senate. But the problem was there weren’t many summer sessions at which to present it. Plus, the Senate was working on other bills.

Now it’s become a waiting game. We want it “to get sent to committee because we know we have the votes, Theis said. “We are hoping to get it out before the end of the month.” With five more sessions scheduled for November, chances are good.

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But there has been a pushback from both sides of the aisle, with Ohio Right to Life reneging on its previous commitment to the bill. The pro-life group says the law will most likely be found unconstitutional because it would be too restrictive. Roe v. Wade prohibits states from banning an abortion until a fetus is viable, meaning usually around 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Nonetheless, it has garnered support from top pro-life leaders, politicians and organizations. Some notable names include Dr. James Dobson of Family Talk and former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Texas Governor Rick Perry also announced his support for the bill, joining two other presidential candidates, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann.

“We’re grateful to Governor Perry for his strong support of the Heartbeat Bill. I don’t think there’s a bill in America with more support,” Faith2Action President Janet (Folger) Porter said in a statement.

The ads are currently airing in Dayton, with Columbus being the next stop, and a possibility of Cleveland in the future. Ohio’s Fox News cable channel is also showing the ads during the “O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity.”

Theis said in regards to the ads already aired, there have been “a lot of positive responses from people that have seen it,” with many making phone calls to their senators. Ohio ProLife Action really just wants people to call and ask that their senator give it serious consideration, Theis said.

“We can’t afford to wait, every day we’re losing 70 babies in Ohio.”

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phantomphan
by PrincessBcake on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Advocates Of Ohio ‘Heartbeat Bill’ To Begin Airing Obnoxious Ads

Mississippi's jaw droppingly absurd Personhood Amendment is drumming up a lot of press, but theirs isn't the only kooky pro-life law poised to pass this fall; Ohio's got a bit of overreaching anti-choice legislation of its own: a fetal heartbeat bill. And supporters are about to to take to the TV airwaves to urge politicians to pass the damn thing, for the children and such. Ohioans, I hope you're ready to get the shit annoyed out of you.

House Bill 125 is nicknamed the "Heartbeat Bill" because it would ban all abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which typically happens at around 6 weeks' gestation, when the fetus is about the size of a lentil and has no arms, legs, or face. Not that it matters to pro-life advocates.

The group responsible for the ad is called Ohio ProLife Action, and it seems that the group exists solely for the purpose of promoting this piece of legislation. The spotfeatures children boarding a school bus and a voiceover explaining that the Heartbeat Bill will save a big ol' school bus full of children per day. A whole school bus full of children barely larger than the end of a pen and lacking arms, legs, and faces! Imagine that!

To put it Midwesternly, the ad certainly isn't the smartest. First of all, Ohio, like many states, has been having some budget problems recently. With an entire new school bus full of children per day "saved" by the heartbeat bill, who is going to take care of them? It's not like they suddenly found all this oil in Youngstown that they can sell to pay for schools for all these kids, and even if they did, with teachers' unions being dismantled left and right, who's going to want to teach them? Other fetuses? They've got heartbeats; why can't they get their asses in gear and get their teaching degrees?

Undaunted by either science or logic, Ohio ProLife Action plans to air the ads urging people to tell their state Senators to take action on the bill on Fox's The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity, which sounds like it might be preaching to the choir until you realize that they're actually probably preaching to the choir's wallets.

Once the state Senate takes action on the bill, it has a decent likelihood of passing. It passed the House of Representatives in June, and the State Senate is heavily Republican — 21 members of the chamber are of the red persuasion to only 11 Democrats. Ohio's governor is also redder than the Ohio State bleachers— he's former Fox News host and occasional substitute Bill O'Reilly John Kasich.

AquarianPath
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:50 AM
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 BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Hisssssssssssssss for the "heartbeat bill" (YAY on the Mississippi "personhood" amendment failing!)

MommySteph06
by Platinum Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:50 AM
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I'm in Ohio. I would vote in favor of it.

If there's no medical reason (ie. you're gonna die) then abortion just shouldn't happen.

*my opinion will not be changed*

ashleyrenee24
by Ashley on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:52 AM
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When will pro-lifers realize that making abortion illegal does not stop or reduce abortion.

Astaroth
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:53 AM
I hope it fails!

They think it will do good,but in the long run, it will make things HORRIBLE.

FAIL, DAMN YOU, FAIL!!
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Jaxsonsmama2009
by Silver Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:53 AM
There are many women who don't even know they are pregnant until that point. But I guess that's the whole purpose huh?
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Astaroth
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:53 AM
Never.

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

When will pro-lifers realize that making abortion illegal does not stop or reduce abortion.

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phantomphan
by PrincessBcake on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:54 AM

bump

LeahJ
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:54 AM
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oh, well! if you put asterisks around it, then it MUST be true!

Quoting MommySteph06:

I'm in Ohio. I would vote in favor of it.

If there's no medical reason (ie. you're gonna die) then abortion just shouldn't happen.

*my opinion will not be changed*


                                                     

ArianasMama2007
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:56 AM
Why do people want to force other people into having children that are unwanted, unloved, and resented
Smh this is a damn shame and really not thinking about the children at all
This will be detrimental in many ways
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