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Ohio Sneaks Abortion Ban Into Budget Bill, Turns Off Phones To Avoid Constituents

Ohio Sneaks Abortion Ban Into Budget Bill, Turns Off Phones To Avoid Constituents

How committed are Republican politicians to the war on women?  So committed that they are refusing to take any feedback from constituents, preferring sneak attacks and cutting off all ability for response.

Nowhere is this more clear than in Ohio, where numerous reproductive health bills have flooded the legislature of one of the most economically bedraggled states in the country.  Rather than attempt to revive the job market or improve economic conditions, the state has instead considered or passed numerous anti-abortion restrictions, from ultrasounds to 20 week bans and even an attempt at limiting abortion at as little as 28 days post conception.

Voters have responded with disbelief, asking their lawmakers to set aside the anti-abortion agenda and focus on the budget deficit.

Now, the politicians have done exactly that — sneaking a last minute ban on abortion into a budget bill that could severely limit a woman’s access to an later term abortion.  And to make matters worse, they are hiding, rather than defending themselves.

According to Forbes, the last minute ban to allow public hospitals to provide abortions, and that will deny any public funding from being used for abortions except in the case of rape, incest or life of the mother, constitutes the first time abortion has been injected into an Ohio budget bill in over 30 years.  The hospital ban is especially onerous as a hospital is one of the primary places a women would go to receive an abortion if she had a medical issue, and would cause a public hospital to have to evaluate whether or not it truly believes the condition is life threatening or risk breaking the law.   For women who learn that they are carrying babies that are incompatible with life, they would be forced to leave the state or look for a private hospital, regardless of if that is where their doctor is affiliated, greatly increasing the costs of the procedure.

Kellie Copeland, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio states, “”Without knowing every woman’s situation or why she is considering abortion, these politicians are proposing a budget amendment that would take away that option even if her health is at risk or when a much-wanted pregnancy goes terribly wrong.”

Sneaking the restrictions into a budget bill, especially when they have little to no cost implications for the state, make it clear that the anti-choice movement wants to hide their agenda without being forced to defend their actions.  But even more cowardly, once they introduced the new amendments, they shut off their phones to avoid any blowback.

“They wait until there is no opportunity for public testimony and then they turn their phones off,” said Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

The abortion-rights group alerted supporters after learning from The Dispatch and other reports about proposals to ban abortions in facilities that receive state money. It urged supporters to contact Senate President Tom Niehaus to protest, but Copeland said their calls went straight to voicemail.

“Obviously this was by design. They’ve been working on the budget for months,” she said. “If you are proud of what you are doing, you do it in an open way. They know what they are doing, and it’s shameful.”

Insert restrictions on a legal procedure into a budget bill rather than address the fiscal crisis, then refuse to answer to the constituents who complain?  Just another day in the war on women.


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12:02PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

seriously?! it never ends.

11:54AM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Politicians lie and cheat all the time and still get re-elected. Is there no way to stop this stupidity?

1:06AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Typical repukelicans

9:38PM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

I am sick of all of these skanks-repukelicans-and their obsession pertaining to a woman's uterus and if there is an occupant therein. It is none of their damned business. This is not why they are in this job. If it were, they would be doctors.

Now since all these repukes want to dictate medical treatment to and for women ONLY, they have to immediately resign from their current job???as a congress critter and go to medical school immediately. Go through all of the required classes, testing, residency and any other medical training required of Ob/Gyn doctors and if they pass these classes and finally become doctors, then they will be able to practice medicine with a license. As it stands now, they are all in violation of that law, as they are practicing medicine without the required licenses when they decided to introduce these bills and by forcing them into law.

And this is from the same concerned "for the fetus only" crowd that has cut every program to assist women and babies-born and unborn, in the name of corporate greed.
That's right ladies, keep those babies coming, that way we can cut wages to non-existent for future generations to come and the rich will have endless supply of slave workers who will be more that willing to work hard all day for a moldy scrap of bread. Yes, they have planned our lives for us before some even exist.

6:05AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

See, This is what happens when you have a majority of republicans running the show. These scumbags lie their way into office with talk of jobs and fixing the economy, but once elected they pander to the wealthy and the Religious Reich. And they wonder why people are leaving Ohio!

8:24AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

This is so awful! How can this be?

6:26AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Welcome to democracy - American style.

1:22AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

They are dinosaurs, these great, lumbering, meaty white men and women, who call themselves Republicans.

They cheat the same way they used to cheat at school, sneaking, and whispering, and lying to the citizens whom they represent.

This little bill, tacked onto the budget at the last moment speaks of children who cheated in school tests by peeking to one side, then the other, and hurriedly rubbing out wrong answers and adding the right (they hoped).

This little bill is the tattletale in elementary school, sneaking about THIS kid being late or THAT kid wearing torn bloomers. Little Horrors.

So now they have been elevated into sneaking, cheating ostensible adults. It constantly amazes me that such horrors become our representatives. Too many people believe election commercials. It's CRAZY!

12:14AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Jennifer T- sorry to say, but the dims are just as bad... Both sides just say what the masses want to hear & then they do whatever they please once elected. We need to change the whole system.

1:32PM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

Ask john Boehner, where is the transparency and honest representation from elected officials? If it can't be done in the open, and for the majority of voters welfare then vote these people out of office.

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