Ohio Still Hates Pregnant Women

Despite the fact that federal judges in Arkansas and North Dakota have struck down similar laws because of their blatant unconstitutionality, certain Ohio legislators, with the public support of the Duggar family (19 Kids and Counting), want to give their under-worked federal judges something to do, too. They’ve resurrected a fetal heartbeat bill that died in the last session. The bill will prohibit any abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected – about 6 weeks after conception.

Ohio currently has a law that prohibits abortion of a viable fetus after 20 weeks of gestation. The law has not been challenged. A redeeming provision in the bill says that doctors must test for viability after 20 weeks – that means a fetus with severe genetic or developmental abnormalities can still be aborted. That bill did not make an exception for rape or incest, and the exception to protect the health of the mother is limited to that which saves her life or prevents a permanent impairment of a major bodily function. If she will be simply suffer tremendously by continuing the pregnancy, Ohio really doesn’t care.

The goal of such draconian anti-abortion bills is to get the issue back in front of the United States Supreme Court and persuade the justices to overturn Roe v. Wade.


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  • Loqi

    Getting Roe v Wade back in front of the Supreme Court is just the near-term goal. Today, Roe v Wade. Tomorrow, outlaw birth control. Next week, back to complete sexual slavery for the vagina-havers!
    /religious right

    • baal

      I’m sure they’ll also add back in the anti-gay laws (just like Russia is doing currently); repeal rape laws, mandate the failed abstinence only sex ed nationally and otherwise get as much repressive and destructive sexuality legislation as possible.

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com/ Ani J. Sharmin

    Thanks for writing about this. It astounds me the degree to which people are willing to ignore the real consequences of making abortion less accessible. In a perfect world, every pregnancy would be wanted, there would be no medical complications, and everyone would be able to afford to take care of the child. But we don’t live in a perfect world. Reproductive rights are essential to freedom and making sure people can make their own decisions about their own lives.

    In addition to all that, I get really frustrated by is the unwillingness to admit there’s a difference between an embryo vs. a fetus very late in the pregnancy, even sometimes going so far as to equate these with a fertilized egg before implantation has occurred.

  • Emy

    I don’t understand why women are so FOR abortion. You wouldn’t NEED an abortion if you just practiced safe sex. The government should pay to suck your baby out of you because you couldn’t be fucked to go to the clinic and get your lazy self some birth control.
    I know there are extenuating circumstances, but if you’re sexually active and you don’t want children, seriously, go and get birth control. It’s really not that hard to not get pregnant.

    • Coolred38

      I had 5 children during a 20 year marriage. My first two were conceived without any thought to birth control. After that, I used several different forms of birth control over the years yet still kept getting pregnant. I used the pill, the Depo shot, and another form of which I can’t remember the name of (long time ago). 3 more children were born after that despite my best efforts. I do love all my children but saying that it is due to being lazy as the cause for unwanted pregnancies is bullshit. Your comment was very antagonistic and did nothing to further the conversation. I don’t believe women are FOR abortion (capital letters indicating all gung ho I assume) as much as they are for allowing women the right to choose what to do with her own body if an unwanted pregnancy occurs. If YOU ( capital letters indicating just you) do not agree with abortions then I suggest you never have one. Your own personal opinion about abortion should only affect you and your choices concerning it…no other women should be affected or forced to comply with your opinion simply because you expressed it. Of course that goes for all women who disagree with the right to abortions. Just because some don’t agree with it doesn’t mean all should have to comply with that opinion.