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Prediction: The Ohio “Heartbeat” Abortion Ban Will Not Pass Committee

Prediction: The Ohio “Heartbeat” Abortion Ban Will Not Pass Committee

Today, the Ohio state legislature is likely going to meet and discuss moving a bill that will ban all abortion in the state from the point of a detectable heartbeat (as early as 18 days post conception) out of committee.

That bill, known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” will not pass committee. 

I don’t often make predictions, especially when it comes to anti-choice legislation. Anti-abortion legislation often surprises me, and almost never in a good way. But I feel fairly confident that I will be right in this case, and here is why.

The “heartbeat bill” has actually been a fairly good bill in Ohio so far. Between the Valentine’s Day balloons and the “fetal testimony,” it’s made for some excellent theatrics and a lot of catchy media column inches. But it is bad legislation for the anti-abortion activists, and most of them know it. It will bring up an immidiate court challenge — in fact, the bill proponents are offering that as its selling point now, saying it is “offering the United States Supreme Court an engraved invitation to overturn Roe.”

The bill sponsors may want to open up that door, but anti-choice activists in Ohio, including the current Ohio Right to Life members, who have steadfastly refused to support the bill, do not.

Ohio has a multitude of other anti-choice bills that are passing through the legislature, from banning tax payer funding of abortions to a 20 week “fetal pain” ban. The “Heartbeat Bill” has done the state a great favor in being so extreme that the other four bills have passed through with almost no notice or argument. Like every other state’s 20 week “fetal pain” ban, with little exception for the health of the mother, (only “immediate and irreparable bodily harm,”) the 20 week ban in itself is enough to challenge Roe V. Wade. 

The anti-abortion factions know this, and also know that this incremental change might have a shot both at redefining when abortions can be banned, by putting the “welfare” of a fetus at more value than the welfare of the mother at 20 weeks and creating a new litmus test for future challenges. After all, if a scientist is willing to go on record as stating a fetus could possibly feel pain at 20 weeks, even if the “evidence” is ludicrously tenuous, what’s to stop another in a year or two from saying now it’s 18 weeks? Or 15?

Pro-life activists have a great deal invested into the 20 week abortion ban.  But the “Heartbeat Bill,” much like the recent South Dakota mandate to require a 72 hour wait and religious anti-abortion counseling, goes too far, and has too much potential to lose its legal battle, reinforcing Roe V. Wade. 

South Dakota surprised me when they passed their bill anyway, but I find it hard to believe that I will be shocked again, and so soon.  Anti-choice lawmakers in Ohio who know better will prevail, and the Heartbeat Bill will not make it out of committee.

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11:04PM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

Noted.

2:43PM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

i swear everyone who doesnt want this bill to pass is STUPID! i am only 16 and i know that abortion is wrong! geeze yall not passing the heartbeat bill is saying hey girls women its okay to kill your baby!
there is thousands of women out there that would LOVE to have that baby to raise!! and love no matter what!!!
im sorry if i offened anyone but this is the truth!

11:20AM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

Many males want control of females right to choose. Many need power over women and population for many reasons. Not least, are future taxpayers, future soldiers, more contollable consumers and the basic survival instinct, genetics. The weapons that are used to keep control over women's choices are many. Guilt, in it's many forms, and keeping the knowledge that Females, are the actual controllers, from us.

10:38AM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

To Vicky H. - humans are far from extenct. More like over population. Mother nature always has a way of solving that problem. Plagues, earthquakes, etc. Has happened in the past and will continue in the future. No, abortions are no the answer. But having an abortion should be between a woman and her doctor. By making abortions illegal will not stop abortions. It will just make them dangerous. Been there done that.

10:29AM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

Next punish a woman for have a spontanous abortion!!! What did you do to cause this? To "save the children" make it mandetory to for any woman between the ages of 21 and 50 to take a pregnancy test before being served liquor. No packaged liquor sold to pregnant women. Sounds as dumb as Ira P.s statements.

9:41AM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

After birth, will the law allow us to take a knife to a small infant and cut it up in tiny pieces and throw it in the trash can? Then why are doctors allowed this right to any unborn child? It's totally sickening that so many people in our country think they "own" the right to murder a an unborn child, in the name of "I have a voice." Your voice doesn't give you a right to kill a baby before or after it's born. What makes you think that "your voice" says it's ok to murder a baby before birth?
You think your "voice" gives you that right...but if you would be honest, your conscious says differtly. It's that 'voice' that wakes you up in the middle of the night, making you wonder if you did the right thing or not by having an abortion. You can shout from the rooftops that we should be able to choose life or death for an unborn child, but you know you are doing this to ease your own conscious. I'm living proof of what I am saying. I got pregnant as teenager, with parents who are very strict Christians, and had to make the "choice." Thank God, I made the right one and now have the most wonderful son and he has my three beautiful grandaughters. Life would not be the same today, if I had made the wrong "choice." Some will say, 'at least you had the right to choose.' Looking back now, it would been MURDER to have killed my unborn child. If a pregnant mother is reading this and is undecided, please do the right thing. Don't kill your child.

7:07AM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

Agreed with Heather G. and Tierney G.! Why can't the government leave women's rights alone when there are other issues they should be concentrating on?! Argh! Seriously, those who don't have respect for women's rights should fuck off !

8:16PM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

It's good to see the balance tilt in favor of Pro-Life. If it's not this bill, it'll be another. Pro-Life is pro-future! On to the next generation.

2:58PM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

again some people will do anything to stop a woman deciding what SHE wants to do...SHAME ON YOU!

1:22PM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

Hi Shelley L.!
Thanks for the green star! Much appreciated. Can you believe some of the comments on here? So much unsubstantiated bull they're trying to pass off as scientific fact. Lol! Take care, friend!
Millie

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