Anti-choice activists are continuing to put the pressure on the Ohio State Senate to pass a ban that would eliminate virtually all abortion in the state. Called the “Heartbeat ban,” the law, which already passed the House last session, would outlaw abortion from the point at which a heartbeat can be detected — often by 4 weeks past conception or 6 weeks pregnant according to the traditional dating.
For women who have irregular periods, who have recently had a child, or have other medical issues, this means that by the time they realized they were pregnant, it would already be too late to decide to terminate the pregnancy. And anti-abortion activists couldn’t be happier. “This day signals the beginning of the end of abortion on demand,” Janet Folger Porter, president of Faith2Action, told the rally in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Over 100 activists showed up at the statehouse to rally for the bill, saying that despite the obvious unconstitutionality of the law (Roe V. Wade states that abortion cannot be altogether banned prior to viability), it’s worth the court battle and significant costs to the state to defend it.
Dr. Matthew Hintz brought his staff and daughters from Mt. Gilead to take part in the rally.
“If we can save any life at any age, or at any time prior to birth, it’s a law worth being behind,” Hintz said.
Maggie Noblet of Galena was also rallying.
“The more babies that we can save, the better, the more people who can live and walk this earth, the better,” Noblet said.
The bill was held back from voting on by the Senate last year, due to concerns about the legality of the language, but supporters claim that is now ironed out and believe it will come up for discussion within the next few weeks.
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