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Ohio Republicans Go After ‘Roe’: ‘Abolish Abortion in Its Entirety’

by Birthright: A War Story | Updated on 9.25.18

***This content was originally published on [Rewire.News] (https://rewire.news/article/2018/03/23/ohio-republicans-go-roe-abolish-abortion-entirety/), and featured by Birthright: A War Story's newsletter. Read more about this issue, take action below, and record a video to continue moving the needle.*** *** The GOP bill would allow physicians and those who undergo the common medical procedure to be charged with murder, which is punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty. Ohio Republicans are once again proposing an unconstitutional ban on abortion care, as lawmakers have introduced a bill that would lead to the “abolition of abortion in the state of Ohio.” The bill is part of a [trend] (https://rewire.news/article/2018/03/15/states-racing-overturn-roe-state-legislators-fighting-back/) among GOP state lawmakers to [pass legislation] (https://rewire.news/article/2018/03/02/iowa-state-senate-passes-unconstitutional-total-abortion-ban/) that would [challenge the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade] (https://rewire.news/article/2018/03/20/federal-court-already-blocked-mississippis-unconstitutional-15-week-abortion-ban/), with the goal of creating a case allowing the Supreme Court to [revisit legal protections for abortion care] (https://rewire.news/article/2017/01/19/what-would-roe-reversal-look-like/). Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, [said in a statement] (https://prochoiceohio.org/2018/03/19/new-legislation-total-abortion-ban-ohio/) that the legislation is part of an effort by “anti-choice extremists” to target Roe. “For those who doubt the seriousness of this attack, let me remind you that President Trump said that a woman who has an abortion should be punished, Vice President [Mike] Pence allowed [Purvi Patel] (https://rewire.news/tag/purvi-patel/) to be imprisoned in Indiana for a miscarriage, and both GOP candidates for governor of Ohio have pledged to outlaw all abortions with no exceptions,” Copeland said. [HB 565] (https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-565), sponsored by state [Reps. Ron Hood] (https://rewire.news/legislative-tracker/person/ron-hood/) (R-Ashville) and [A. Nino Vitale] (https://rewire.news/legislative-tracker/person/a-nino-vitale/) (R-Urbana), would prohibit the termination of a pregnancy by “any method, including, but not limited to, chemical methods, medical methods, and surgical methods.” The GOP bill would allow physicians and those who undergo the common medical procedure to be charged with murder, which is punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty. The lawmakers [circulated a co-sponsor request] (https://rewire.news/article/2017/09/11/ohio-republicans-aim-make-abortion-care-aggravated-murder/) for the bill in September, in which they criticized the legislation for passing abortion restrictions as “regulating evil” and that it was time to “abolish abortion in its entirety.” Hood was the [co-sponsor of a bill] (https://rewire.news/legislative-tracker/law/ohio-fetal-heartbeat-abortion-ban-hb-258/) introduced last year that would have prohibited an abortion if the physician detects a fetal heartbeat. So-called [heartbeat bans] (https://rewire.news/legislative-tracker/law-topic/heartbeat-bans/), which constitute a [total ban] (https://rewire.news/article/2017/01/13/total-abortion-ban-debuts-congress/) on the procedure, have been introduced by Republicans [several times] (http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170608/anti-abortion-member-of-ohio-house-reintroduces-heartbeat-bill) in Ohio. Gov. John Kasich (R) in 2016 [vetoed a similar bill] (http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/12/13/John-Kasich-acts-on-abortion-bills.html) after the [legislature passed both] (https://rewire.news/article/2016/12/09/anti-choice-ohio-governor-consider-20-week-abortion-ban-legislature-passes-measure/) a 20-week ban and the total abortion ban.
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  • Angel
    05/22/2018
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    I am anti-abortion but, I believe the mother has the right to chose the fate of her child. I, however, believe taxpayers should NOT pay for their choice. It was not the taxpayer telling her to have unprotected sex...It keeps the women safe with her choice but the responsibility to pay out of pocket may deter her thought. Make the person responsible for their actions. If someone else always pays the bill, then irresponsible people will continue to make bad choices for themselves and their children. In cases of incest and rape it should fall under their insurance as a procedure.

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