Ohio House Passes Ban on Abortions, Late-Term Abortions
LifeNews.com: The Ohio state House today passed three pro-life bills including a measure that would ban most all abortions, one that bans late-term abortions and a third that stops taxpayer funding of abortions in Ohio under Obamacare.
The chamber approved the “Heartbeat Bill” that would ban virtually all abortions in the state starting at the 22-day mark when an unborn child’s heart begins beating. The legislation has the support of some pro-life advocates but Ohio Right to Life and other pro-life groups oppose the bill because of various concerns about its ability to survive a court challenge.
The House, led by Republicans, voted 54-43 for the abortion ban, which now faces less certain prospects in the state Senate. “This is a historic vote,” said Porter, the president of Ohio-based Faith2Action,one of the main pro-life groups pushing the legislation. “When passed, the heartbeat bill will be the most protective legislation in the nation.
The Late-Term Abortion Ban would require physicians to test the viability of an unborn child if the mother were seeking an abortion at 20 weeks or later into her pregnancy. If the child is found to be able to live outside the mother’s womb, the abortion cannot be performed, except in circumstances where the pregnancy is a threat to the mother’s health.
Cathy Levy, executive director of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, condemned the passage of the three pro-life bills, according to the Lancaster Gazette. “These bills will return us to the days of back-alley abortions and will not keep abortions from happening,” she claimed. “Is the coat hanger what God would want for a beloved daughter?”
I doubt God would want a coat hanger for a “beloved” daughter. I also doubt God would want a baby sucked from a mother’s womb, at any stage. Good for these Ohio leaders!