That Was Quick: Ohio GOP Restarts Abortion Wars

Apparently Republicans in the state of Ohio didn’t quite get the message from the election. Rather than back off unpopular efforts to restrict access to reproductive health care, they’ve gone all in, renewing efforts to strip family-planning dollars from Planned Parenthood and reviving the once-dead “heartbeat bill” which purports to ban abortions as soon as a heartbeat is detected.

Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, reacted to news of the renewed attacks on women’s reproductive health care in a statement. “Just days ago, in an election where the stakes for women’s health were higher and clearer than they have ever been, Ohio voted to protect a woman’s ability to make her own personal medical decisions without interference from politicians,” Kight said. “The announcement to focus on these dangerous bills now makes Ohio a ‘battleground state’ once again.”

Exit polling from the national election showed that, of those voters who thought health care was most important, the vast majority are not with politicians who want to interfere with women’s private medical decision-making. To reinforce that fact, President Obama won Ohio women by 11 percent.

Despite the renewed attacks, women’s health advocates are determined not to back down. “No politician in Columbus can get in the way of Planned Parenthood’s commitment to fight for Ohio women. Planned Parenthood and our 170,000 supporters statewide will make sure politicians hear us loud and clear,” Kight said. “It’s time to call off their campaign against women’s health and focus instead on the issues Ohioans care about: Growing jobs, rebuilding the economy, and supporting health care and education for all.”

Over the last two years, Ohio witnessed the most aggressive legislative attacks on women’s health and rights in a generation. In this last session, Ohio legislators have considered 13 different bills that put politicians where they don’t belong: right in the middle of women’s personal medical decisions.

The insistence on bringing these bills up right on the heels of a historic electoral loss suggests only two possibilities. Either the GOP really didn’t get the message from voters, or they intend to punish voters by pushing their own agenda, consequences be damned. Regardless of the reason, Ohio women once again find their health and their bodies political footballs for the Christian conservatives. Meanwhile, women’s health advocates must prepare for another gruesome battle in state legislatures over the fundamental rights of women.

Can you imagine how bad this would be if Mitt Romney and Republicans had actually won?

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499 comments

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Albert, I don't want the "benefit of the doubt" or any other damn thing from you. I find you and you tryannical bigoted opinions disgusting. You are a troll attempting to hijack this site.

You remind me of a man a once knew, he was the Grand Dragon of the ku Klux Klan in Birmingham, Alabama. He had a some style, talked a pretty good talk, always talking about how he wasn't against "the blacks" but he just wanted what was good for his race. He hid all of his racial hatred and bigotry in nice words and keep talking about "wanting to learn." He was a bigoted pig.

Albert L.
Past Member 4 years ago

Kevin B.

Never said I win Kevin. You keep touting that.

I think I lose because I can't get any new information. As far as I'm concerned it's pretty sad to think that so many people live by this idea that their "feelings" should rule them and not facts.

But who am I to say you can't live by your opinions?

And more of your posts indicating they have been answered somewhere else. I was wrong to give you the benefit of the doubt in thinking that maybe if I gave you another change you might possible engage me in some actual real conversation. But I was wrong.

Kevin, I leave you to your muse, what ever that might be.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

There you go Tim, another three posts filled with the same nonsense (trolling) mixed in with "I want to learn, but no one can answer my questions, so I guess I win" (pigeon chess).

Your inane pedantic questions have been answered again and again for close to 500 posts here and over 1000 on the other site, but like a child you keep going "but why"?

Just because you don't like the answers does not mean they are not answers. But that is not good enough for the "saintly trolling trio."

Albert L.
Past Member 4 years ago

Kevin,
continued...

If you don't agree that life begins at conception, then just simply state why you don't believe that. Don't point out "there" and tell me to go seek the answer. Stand up for your view point. Stand up and say, "This is why I believe!"

Play fair guys and answer the questions. If not, at least say it's just your opinion and bow out.

I will have no reason to continue asking for proof where there is none.





Albert L.
Past Member 4 years ago

Kevin, it doesn't ever occur to you that we are really looking to understand does it?

Because we have a different view than you we are automatically here to evangelize you and dunk you in some holy water for your sins, right?

I can't ask you a question because I really would actually like to know what you think?

I got into this issue by posting some textbook quotes stating that life begins at conception. Michael indicated that these were wrong.
But, just like you and Tim, instead of telling me why they were wrong, I only got that they were.

And when I pressed more for actual reasons behind his assertion, I got push back in the form of dodging the questions or name calling. Or in your case either answering me with a comment that didn't directly answer the question and then claiming that you answered me, or calling me a troll or claiming me a pigeon chess winner.

All the while, the quotes are there. Showing that professionals in their field of embryology have stated that life begins at conception.

If that is true, then why not accept it?
If it is not, then how can you say it is wrong or not accept it?

I get that you have an agenda, but I'm not spewing religious view points on you. I'm not spewing ideological thinking that is mine. No, I started by presenting scientific statements made by those that are closest to the issue and asked if people agreed or disagreed. And I'm still asking.

If you don't agree that life begins at conception, then just simply

Albert L.
Past Member 4 years ago

Kevin,
continued...

Hoping someone is able to advance their cause with logical and reasonable answers instead of empty claims and assertions that are not backed up by real evidence instead of opinions and conjecture.

Albert L.
Past Member 4 years ago

Kevin, You are correct in calling me a troll. I'm trolling for your answers.

There is no reason for me to assume what you think or mean when you say something.

So I ask questions.

I ask questions to learn as much as I can about a subject.
I troll these pages to see if there is anyone that could shed some light as to why you as humans think so little of those human lives before birth that you turn a blind eye to those that choose to terminate them.

I troll to see if you are able to help me understand something that seems completely insane to me.

I troll to see if you are able to back up your so called logical reasoning behind allowing 1.2 million abortions to happen every year and not consider it murder.

I am not trolling to change your mind, but rather to grasp the bigger picture for myself.

You see Kevin,
I have a narrow view. Oh, and by the way, so does everyone else on this site.

But that isn't a bad thing, really.

A narrow view only means you believe what you believe is true because of the evidence you have been shown.

So here I stand, waiting for someone to show me something that might open my view to another way of seeing things.

Unfortunately, no one does that. Sure, some have tried a little bit, but when I ask the real hard questions I be bobbing and weaving instead of answers. I get called names and people dismiss me.

So what do I do?

... I troll for more answers.

Hoping someone is able to advance their cause with logical a

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

And when they aren't trolling the revert to pigeon chess.

Tim Ra
Tim Ra4 years ago

@Kevin ~ Thanks Kevin, that’s pretty much what I was going to come back with. lol

@Albert ~ Go fish. ;-)

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Asked and answered reapeatedly. Why do you zealots keep posting the same inane questions over and over again. Oh I forgot, you are trolls.