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Ohio GOP Introduces Bill To Ban All Abortion With No Exceptions

Posted by on Mar. 20, 2018 at 6:57 PM
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Ohio GOP Introduces Bill To Ban Abortion

After a federal judge put the brakes on Ohio's latest abortion restrictions, a group of Republican lawmakers is trying to take a step even further: banning all abortions in Ohio.

Under a bill introduced Monday, HB 565, the state would prohibit abortions even in cases of rape, incest or danger to a woman's life.

The proposal would allow criminal charges against both doctors and pregnant women seeking abortions and would characterize an "unborn human" as a person under Ohio's criminal code regarding homicide. That means abortions could be punishable by life in prison or even the death penalty.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio criticized the proposal, calling it an obvious attempt to give the U.S. Supreme Court a chance to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision providing the right to have an abortion.

"Anti-choice extremists from the Ohio Statehouse to the White House are lining up their dominoes to topple Roe v. Wade and punish those who seek or provide abortion care," said executive director Kellie Copeland in a press release.

The measure was sponsored by state Reps. Ron Hood and Nino Vitale, and 18 more House Republicans signed on.

Ohio has incrementally added abortion restrictions in recent years, including a ban on abortions after 20 weeks that went into effect in 2017. Not all the laws have endured, though. Last week, a judge put on hold a state law banning abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

In 2016, Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, vetoed the controversial "heartbeat bill" that would ban abortions at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected, sometimes as early as six weeks. Ohio Right to Life did not support that bill, citing concerns over its constitutionality. The bill was reintroduced last year but has yet to go anywhere.

A blanket ban on abortions would almost certainly not hold up in court, even if the Ohio General Assembly were to pass it over Kasich's likely objections. In recent years, the American Civil Liberties Union sued Ohio four times over abortion restrictions, and reports estimatethat Ohio will spend up to several million dollars defending those laws.

Nasty Woman Power


by on Mar. 20, 2018 at 6:57 PM
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atlmom2
by Gold Member on Mar. 20, 2018 at 6:58 PM
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Crazy lunatics.  Don't have an abortion if you don't want one but don't tell others they can't.  

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 20, 2018 at 6:58 PM

From the OP: "Reports estimatethat Ohio will spend up to several million dollars defending those laws."

I suppose everything in Ohio is so great that they have no other needs for their tax money? 

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MissAndree
by on Mar. 20, 2018 at 7:03 PM
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Pure insanity.
Masterchefmom
by Member on Mar. 20, 2018 at 7:06 PM
This is crazy

So glad where I live women have the option to get an abortion for free in the comfort of they own home if that is what they want
Reading.Rainbow
by Sif on Mar. 20, 2018 at 7:10 PM
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Why ?


Because republicans would rather watch you die than let you have the cytotec pill that could save your life...

lilblu399
by Bronze Member on Mar. 20, 2018 at 7:11 PM
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Those Ohio lawmakers need to leave that meth alone. 

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Mar. 20, 2018 at 7:13 PM
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I wish they would focus more on our heroine epidemic. This law is crazy.
PamR
by Ruby Member on Mar. 20, 2018 at 7:15 PM

I guess everything in Ohio is peachy, since they have so much time to waste on things like this.

joyfree
by Ruby Member on Mar. 20, 2018 at 7:17 PM
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I can verify that there are MANY more pressing issues that need to be addressed!

Quoting PamR:

I guess everything in Ohio is peachy, since they have so much time to waste on things like this.


yspyg1978
by on Mar. 20, 2018 at 7:22 PM
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A non-issue.  State law does not supercede Federal law. This has already been decided in Roe~vs~Wade. They are just trying to score political points with

uneducated people..er...their base. Ditto MS and IA.

β€œThe real cycle you're working on is a cycle called yourself.  ~Robert Pirsig



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