Anti-Choice Rally In Ohio For “Heartbeat Ban”


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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Dorothy S.
Dorothy S.6 years ago

Oops. that should have said I'm NOT NOT NOT saying to make it mandatory for rape victims to have an abortion.

Yvette S.
Past Member 6 years ago

My womb, my life, my body, my energy, my commitment, my understanding of my limits, my finances, my future, my hopes, my fears, my heart, my soul, my choice, my womb, my life.

Dorothy S.
Dorothy S.6 years ago

there is no difference in killing a child that's already been born and one that's still in the womb. The crime is the same!

Sorry, it wouldn't take it all at one time.

And as far as being there for the birth of an "unwanted" child, just call me! My husband aand I tried for years to have a child, and it never made it past 3 months. Then 7 years ago cancer took away any chances of a precious life from us. I will gladly take any child that's not wanted!

Dorothy S.
Dorothy S.6 years ago

You're right, I'm saying to make it mandatory for rape victims to have abortions: but to make it a "choice". I came across what's below on a post on Facebook earlier this evening; THIS is what I'm talking about!
A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said: 'Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I'm pregnant again. I don't want kids so close together. So the doctor said: 'OK and what do you want me to do?' She said: 'I want you to end my pregnancy, and I'm counting on your help with this.' The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: 'I think I have a better solution for your problem. It's less dangerous for you too.' She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request. Then he continued: 'You see, in order for you not to have to take care 2 babies at the same time, let's kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we're going to kill one of them, it doesn't matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms. The lady was horrified and said: 'No doctor! How terrible! It's a crime to kill a child! 'I agree', the doctor replied. 'But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.' The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point. He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that's already been born and one that's s

William Y.
William Y6 years ago

@ Heather G. I don't think that Dorothy was saying make in abortion mandatory for a raped woman or a life threatening issue, obviously, if the woman wanted to go through with the pregnancy, it would be her choice, that is what pro-choice is, her decision.

Jennifer M.
Jennifer M6 years ago

I personally would never get an abortion unless it was medically necessary, but that doesn't mean I'm going to push my feelings and beliefs on someone else! If a woman wants an abortion, it is her decision and her decision alone. It is not right to force a woman to have a CHILD. Children aren't objects, they are living beings that are a lot of hard work. So bring a baby into a world with a mother that doesn't want it and ends up resenting and abusing it? How in the world is that a better option? Make a child suffer for at least 18 years because YOU don't believe in abortion? Talk about selfish!!
All you pro-fetus people, I sure hope every single one of you have adopted children. Where are you when these babies are born? Nowhere to be found. You only care while the kid is a fetus, which is why pro-fetus is much more accurate than pro-life.
Instead of banning abortions, how about providing free birth control and REAL sex education?? That is what they should be pushing for and I guarantee it would significantly lower the amount of abortions.

Hillary K.
Hillary K6 years ago

Such a very touchy subject. I personally don't think i could ever have an abortion, but I will fight for other women to have them. Some old, rich, white man is NOT going to tell me and other women what we can & cannot do with our bodies. And the god folks? Keep it to yourselves, I've heard it all before & you still make no sense to me.

Heather G.
Heather G6 years ago

Dorothy, you can only decide the "right circumstances" for yourself. What if a woman was raped and she wants to KEEP the baby? What if the pregnancy puts her life in danger but she wants to continue with it anyway? Should she be forced to have an abortion since those are the "right circumstances?"

Also, maybe you don't know that abortion is legal and is done by a doctor in a medical setting, not by some hack in a back alley.

Glenna Jones-kachtik
Glenna Kachtik6 years ago

Dorothy S - So, it is OK if the woman was raped; if there is a case of incest or if the woman's life is in danger - but not any other time? Not for birth control... What does that even mean? Who gets the dubious task of deciding WHO is capable of having an abortion or not? Who sets themselves up as judge, jury & chief decider? Can't be Catholics because most of them believe in no abortion at all.
I know... when a woman gets pregnant, she must present herself to a Board in each town. She makes her case - in the case of rape or incest; it must be proven beyond a doubt that this happened...since that could take months, she has the baby. The life of the mother can come at any many doctors would have to say it was true before the abortion could take place?
Not every poor person will choose an abortion. Abortions are done for many reasons and each situation is unique to the woman involved. The best sense is to let the people who will be affected by any decision to make it & for everyone else to BUTT OUT. Your opinion is noted.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

I cannot see how any woman could be a Republican or anti-choice. It the same as a black saying "I miss good ole days on the plantation."