Just When You Thought it Was Safe To Be a Woman in Ohio…

After languishing for nearly five months, a “fetal heartbeat” bill that passed the Ohio House in June has reared its ugly head and been referred to a Senate committee. Though Senate president Tom Niehaus says more closed-door meetings will come first, the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee will begin deliberations on the measure soon. The bill will then move to a vote in the Senate, where Republicans have a 23-10 majority.

As previously reported by Ms., the measure would outlaw abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, often as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. At that point, many women don’t even know they are pregnant. The bill contains no exceptions for rape or incest. But as Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, pointed out:

It’s not going to end abortions, it’s going to make them illegal and dangerous.

It takes a lot to make Ohio Right to Life, which opposes the bill on the grounds that it won’t stand up in court, look reasonable, but fellow anti-abortion group Ohio Pro Life Action is on the job. The bill’s new life comes after an ad campaign the group began running on Fox News claiming that “every single day the Senate delays a vote on the heartbeat bill, a school bus full of children’s lives are lost.”

Sigh. You know, we covered this in Mississippi, but I guess Ohio Pro Life Action wasn’t paying attention when the people concluded that 6-week-old embryos are not in fact children. Presumably focus groups did not find “Save the Eggs” to be very persuasive.

It does make one wonder, though–how many embryos does it take to fill up a school bus?

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.


  1. And now we just learned that they are going to ram this extreme dangerous bill through the Senate before the end of the year! we need everyone’s help to defeat this dangerous legislation, check out http://www.ProChoiceOhio.org or friend us on facebook, facebook.com/naral.ohio or follow us on twitter @ProChoiceOH for all of the details!

  2. The people of Ohio are smarter than this. I grew up in Dayton, which is relatively conservative, but still, I’m confident that my fellow Ohioans know more than enough to call their legislators out on this garbage. It could never hold up in court, and the legislature is just wasting precious time that could go to passing laws that could actually improve the lives of regular LIVING Ohioans.

  3. It’s really touching that our country is wasting time and resources on arbitrary, religious based matters instead of focusing on oh, I don’t know…

    …the economy…

    …prosecuting corporate executives whose actions caused the market crash…

    …promoting job growth…

    …decreasing our part in the world’s level of pollution…

    Nice to see that their priorities are straight!!

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