Friday, December 9, 2016

Ohio lawmakers vote to criminalize abortion for the second time this week

Lawmakers in Ohio are busy passing laws protecting non-existent people while ignoring the real people about to lose their health care and ability to breathe air. A few days ago, they passed a bill outlawing nearly all abortions. Doubling down, they have passed another bill outlawing abortions, this one after 20 weeks.
But as Ohio was passing the Heartbeat Bill, they were also in the process of pushing through a 20-week ban sponsored by Ohio Right to Life.
The 20-week ban, SB 127, was approved by the legislature last night and is now on Kasich’s desk. He has ten days to decided whether or not to sign the bill. The ban has no exceptions for rape, incest, fetal anomalies, or the mental health of the woman. It’s very likely that Kasich, who loves to sign abortion restrictions, will sign the 20-week ban which could be a greater overall restriction on abortion rights than the Heartbeat Bill (a bill that’s designed to do many things, but hold up in court is not one of them).

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