Just another piece of anti-choice legislation on the long list of abortion and abortion-related bans and regulations. Except this one is an abortion ban with no exceptions – any abortion, for any reason (including to save the life of the pregnant woman) is a felony. As the article implies, we can thank the Supreme Court for emboldening anti-choice forces:
Less than three months after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ban on a controversial late-term abortion procedure, a Cincinnati Republican has reintroduced legislation to outlaw all abortions in Ohio.
Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr. hopes his bill will become the vehicle for overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which legalized abortion.
His introduction of House Bill 284 on Tuesday seems to fulfill predictions that such proposals would flourish nationwide after the high court narrowly concluded that a 2003 federal ban on what opponents call partial-birth abortion did not impose an undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.
The 5-4 decision gave hope to some anti-abortion advocates who said it illustrated the conservative influence of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s replacement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
But “pro-lifers” aren’t so indifferent about born human life that they’d back this bill, right? I mean, they can’t possibly support a bill that has no exception for the pregnant woman’s life. Except…
Ohio Right to Life Director Denise Mackura said the Supreme Court decision “opens the door for some kinds of legislation — more restrictions (on abortion) — but there was no indication that Justice (Anthony M.) Kennedy would be voting to overturn Roe.”
Since the retirement of O’Connor, Kennedy, who has shown mixed views on abortion, is considered a key vote on the issue.
On the state front, Mackura said, it has become next to impossible to outlaw abortion.
“With the governor that we have, I don’t think there is any possibility of getting a ban passed,” she said.
“While we do have a majority of pro-life legislators in the House and Senate, I don’t know that we have a veto-proof majority.”
How sad that the legislature isn’t pro-life enough to push through a bill that will kill women.
Thanks to Elizabeth for the link.
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