Ohio Passes Law That Bans Abortion After A Month And A Half
Many women do not know they are pregnant until the second month of a missed period.
By Ema O'Connor

Ohio legislators passed a “Heartbeat Bill” Wednesday that bans abortion after a fetus’ heartbeat can be heard — on average around six weeks into a pregnancy. The bill has no exception for cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormalities, or the health of the pregnant woman.

The bill was tacked on at the last minute to another bill addressing child abuse. It was approved in the Republican-dominated state House and Senate, and will now move on to Republican and anti-abortion Governor John Kasich’s desk. He will sign or veto it within the next 10 days.

“A hallmark of lame duck” — a term used to describe sessions of lawmakers that sit between when elections are over and the new lawmakers take office — “is a flood of bills, including bills inside of bills, and we will closely examine everything we receive,” said Kasich press secretary, Emmalee Kalmbach.

The American Civil Liberties Union has said that they would challenge the bill in court should it become law.

Many women do not know they are pregnant until they have missed two periods, which can often be around eight weeks. Others may find out before the six-week mark, but might still be unable to get an abortion in time because there are a lack of clinics in Ohio and state laws require women wait 24 hours between an informational appointment about abortion and having the procedure done.

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holy shit. ohio just passed a bill making abortions illegal after the fetus’ heartbeat can be detected, which generally occurs around 6 weeks in. for context, most women don’t even find out they are pregnant until they have missed two periods, usually 6-8 weeks in. the lawmakers cited donald trump and his expected supreme court appointees’ likely support of such legislation as their reason for considering the bill now.

I don’t see the point in debating the personhood of a fetus.

It doesn’t, like, matter? Whether or not we assign a fetus “personhood”  doesn’t really change whether or not a pregnant person should be forced to give up their bodily autonomy against their will? 

Like, woman can not just STEAL men’s livers in the dead of night, even if they NEED those organs to live? The elderly don’t get to just go around and harvest the kidneys of the young in back alleys? You can’t just, like, kidnap a person and drain all their blood, even if it is used for life saving procedures. Fully grown, autonomous people with rights and consciousness are not allowed to violate the bodily autonomy of others, even in deadly situations. 

So…why would we let a fetus do this? Use another PERSON’S blood and uterus and stomach and everything else? For months? Altering their body irreparably? WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT? 

No. Abortion is first and foremost an issue of consent and bodily autonomy, and any argument about personhood is a distraction from that. 

After the Supreme Court struck down harsh and unnecessary clinic regulations across the state of Texas earlier this year, it seemed like safe, straightforward, legal access to abortion was going to be the new normal for people in the Lone Star State. However, on Monday, the Texas State Health Department released an updated edition of a government-issued booklet about abortion that’s got one glaring issue: it reproduces a known, scientifically disproven lie.

Ohio Legislature Moves To Ban Abortion As Early As 6 Weeks After Conception

Ohio’s Legislature has passed a bill that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is typically around six weeks after conception — before many women even realize they’re pregnant.

The bill is now sitting on the governor’s desk. John Kasich has 10 days to veto the measure; otherwise, it becomes law, reports NPR’s Jennifer Ludden.

Jennifer notes that the bill does not include exceptions for rape or incest — the only exception would be if the life of the woman were in danger.

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FB Status from Jennifer Tiedt (bolding added by me): If you and I are friends, you probably know that last year I had an abortion. The pregnancy was wanted, it was planned, but it was not to be, because the embryo implanted in my cervix. If HB493 had been in place when I needed an abortion, instead of being able to access adequate abortion care PRIOR to by death being imminent, I would have been forced to wait until I was actively in danger of losing my life. Let me be clear: an untreated cervical ectopic means death. If you are against abortion, great, that’s your choice. But women all over the world who don’t agree with abortion still find themselves in situations where it’s literally their life on the line, and make decisions they could never have imagined prior to being in that situation.

I repeat: If HB493 is signed by Governor Kasich and implemented, women will die. Not “maybe,” not “possibly,” but WILL.

The following is the letter I sent to Governor Kasich earlier today. I encourage all of you to reach out to him as well.

Dear Governor Kasich,

I am requesting some guidance from you on an important issue.
Last year I experienced a cervical ectopic pregnancy. This happens when the embryo implants in the cervix rather than the uterus. It is very rare, but it still happened to me. It’s almost as though even rare complications still occur, even to people in Ohio.

A cervical pregnancy is extremely dangerous, due to the uterine artery passing through the cervix. When a fertilized egg implants, it works to develop a rich blood flow to sustain itself. Unfortunately, doing so right next to the uterine artery means devastating consequences: if the embryo detaches, one is at risk of hemorrhage, so if a cervical pregnancy is not found quickly, the woman can quickly become at risk for losing her fertility if they have to cauterize the uterine artery, losing her uterus if cauterization doesn’t work, and even death due to immense blood loss.

Thankfully, due to a routine visit, my cervical pregnancy was found at 7 weeks. The embryo had a heartbeat, which was the first thing I noticed. I was so happy to see that heartbeat following some spotting a couple days prior. My husband and I had a one year old son, and we had gotten pregnant our first month trying to give him a sibling. I had a moment of relief and wonder. Then the doctor told me what my untrained eyes couldn’t tell: that embryo with a beating heart was located in a place that made it unviable, and deadly. I had to go immediately to the hospital, where I stayed for seven days while they gave me methotrexate to try to and terminate, which was ultimately unsuccessful, forcing me to have a procedure done under general anesthesia where they used a microscopic needle to inject potassium chloride into the gestational sac, which was successful. This was necessary due to the age and development of the embryo, although less invasive procedures were tried first.

My abortion saved my life. I’d like to believe that if this happened again (which is a risk due to the fact that it happened to me previously) I would qualify for the quick and lifesaving care I received. But I don’t believe I would. My understanding is that HB493 makes no exception for the health of the mother, only the life. What statutes like this have been interpreted to mean in other areas is that until the life of the mother is truly at risk, not just potentially at risk, not just theoretically at risk, treatment is withheld. My life wasn’t “at risk” at the time I had my abortion, but that was the inevitable conclusion. Would I be forced to wait until I was hemorrhaging, bleeding out, before I could be treated? What treatment would I then be able to have? Nothing but a hysterectomy would have saved my life at that point. And I may or may not have survived the procedure at that point.

What advice can you give me to make sure the doctors aren’t afraid to save my life BEFORE I’m at that point? Why is there no exception for the health of the mother? How can I be sure I will not die if this happens again? Is your legislature so callous as to assume they don’t need to legislate for this kind of situation? Are you so callous as to not insist they make sure I am able to receive treatment that will preserve my fertility as well as my life? If you value life, why not mine? Why not all women’s lives? Why are women not allowed to make the decisions about their body that they feel are best? I assure you, I’ve talked to many women who have had abortions in all kinds of circumstances, and none of them came to the decision easily or without regret.

Please think of the women in Ohio who will die if you vote this legislation into law. Please think of the millions that will be wasted trying to defend this unconstitutional and invasive legislation in court. Please think of my son, who would have missed his mother if I had died due to my cervical pregnancy. Please think of the future children I hope to have, and am able to have, because I was able to access lifesaving treatment in time to preserve my fertility. Please think of us. We are depending on you and your judgement. Please don’t let us die to score political points.

Ohio Just Passed a Dangerous 6-Week Abortion Ban
Last night the Ohio legislature rushed through a ban on abortion at six weeks of pregnancy — before most women even know they’re pregnant. The bill would, in effect, outlaw abortion in Ohio.

After years of passing anti-abortion laws under the guise of protecting health and safety, Ohio extremists have now exposed their true motives: to ban abortion in the state.

Ohio's 'heartbeat' abortion bill awaits Gov. Kasich's signature
Ohio state lawmakers have passed a controversial "Heartbeat Bill" that would ban abortions from the moment the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected -- which usually occurs about six weeks into a pregnancy.
By Max Blau and Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley, CNN

Now Republican Gov. John Kasich, who this year lost his White House bid, must decide whether to approve a law that would ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest – likely dragging the state into a litany of court challenges – or veto the bill.

The bill would be one of the toughest restrictions on abortions in the country.

…The ACLU of Ohio tweeted, “Just a reminder, if the unconstitutional #HeartBeatBill passes and becomes law, we will challenge it in court.”

  At least two other fetal heartbeat abortion laws – in Arkansas and North Dakota – we found to be unconstitutional in federal court.

Ohio state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, a Democrat from Boardman, said the bill would lead to “expensive lawsuits” that would divert resources away from more pressing issues like the opioid crisis.

“To the taxpayers of Ohio, I am sorry that your money will have to be used to defend this bill in the court system.”

House joins Senate in approving heartbeat abortion bill
The election of Donald Trump emboldened majority Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly to pass the strictest abortion law in the nation Tuesday. In a surprise move in the final days of the lame-duck session, the Senate and House adopted the Heartbeat Bill — long sought by some abortion opponents — to outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, generally about six weeks into pregnancy.


On December 6th, the Ohio House and Senate passed the Heartbeat Bill, which restricts nearly ALL ABORTIONS at the first sign of fetal heartbeat. Fetal heartbeats can occur at 5 weeks after conception, before a woman may even know she’s pregnant, stripping her of any choice in the matter even if she’s in a position in her life where carrying a child to term would be financially and emotionally devastating. It also slaps a felony charge on any doctor performing an abortion.

On DECEMBER 16TH John Kasich will sign the bill into law. Please, if you have any interest in women’s rights or personal freedoms, CALL THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE to help prevent this unconstitutional denial of women’s rights. It only takes a few minutes but could help prevent a big societal step backwards in gender equality. I wrote a short message bellow that you can read when you call in. If you don’t want to call, you can leave a message through his website (although I suspect calling is more effective): http://www.governor.ohio.gov/Contact/ContacttheGovernor.aspx

Governor Kasich’s Office Number: (614) 644-4357

A woman will answer the phone and say “Governor Kasich’s Office.”

Say “hello, my name is XXX, from Columbus, Ohio (or whichever city/region you’re from). I would like to leave a message for Governor Kasich.”

She will say that she can take a message for him. Read the script (or any variation you’d like to make):

“I wish to voice my opposition to House Bill 493 which included the Heartbeat Bill provision. Regardless of religious belief, I do not agree that a woman’s reproduction should be decided by government politicians who do not know her or her circumstance. Abortion is a very personal choice and a complex issue that can have wildly different impacts on people’s lives. As an Ohio resident, I ask that you not allow (my/women’s) reproductive rights to be stripped away. Thank you for your time.”

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If planned parenthood gets shut down, unplanned pregnancies will decrease and……that’s it. Community health clinics actually help FAR more women, do so for free or lower costs, isn’t government funded, provides the same service minus abortions. Planned Parenthood is a multimillion dollar corporation y'all, it’s not a charity. They’re here to make a profit and that profit comes from murdering innocent human beings. This is anti woman, anti family and anti Christian. #prolife #stand4life #profit #bloodmoney #corporation #righttolife #stand4life #humanrights #choice #abortion #prochoice #plannedparenthood #catholic #catholicchurch #christian

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Dear Christians, it’s not the church’s job to make us feel comfortable
Matt Walsh

I received this message from a self-described pastor a few days ago:

Hi Matt, I’m a pastor and I have to say I’ve read your work for a while and I find it very troubling. There is no tolerance, inclusiveness, or love in your writings. It’s hateful towards the LGBTQ community and others who don’t share your views about gay rights, reproductive rights or many other issues. Matt churches should be focusing on how to welcome people in, whether they happen to be gay, trans, feminist or any other group you denigrate. “Christians” like you and all the rest on the far right have pushed these people away for so long. Matt no matter what you or your ilk say in your backwardness and bigotry, Christians in a committed same-sex relationship and others in the LGBTQ community are following God’s design for their lives. That’s the message the church needs to spread. God is love. Love is love! Your message of hatred and exclusion should be left in the dark ages where it belongs. You should be ashamed. I will pray for you.

Hi, pastor. Three things:

Ohio’s Unconstitutional “Heartbeat Bill” Would Make Abortion Almost Completely Inaccessible
Here's a civic action assignment: call Governor John Kasich about the "heartbeat bill," the most strict abortion restriction in the country.

The bill would ban abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be heard, which can occur as soon as six weeks after conception. Six weeks is an incredibly short time window; you might not even realize you’re pregnant by then. That only allows enough time to miss one period, after which point you’d have a couple of weeks to get a pregnancy test. Pregnancy tests are more accurate the longer you wait; most will recommend that you wait a week. But that would leave you only one more week to schedule a doctor’s appointment.

If the doctor can’t see you within that brief window of time, or if you couldn’t afford to get an appointment or a procedure right away, you’d be stuck carrying the baby to term—which would be an obviously huge cost (emotionally, physically, financially), as well as a huge cost to the state (financially). What’s more, the bill does not make exceptions for pregnancy that results from rape and/or incest.

This type of law would clearly not stop people from needing abortions, so it would only encourage people to seek out illegal and potentially unsafe means of terminating a pregnancy. It also would make it illegal for doctors to perform abortions after the brief time window had passed.

This bill goes directly against what the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, which allows abortions up until 22-24 weeks into a pregnancy.

The article lists the number for Gov. Kasich’s office ( 614-466-3555 ). Call up and urge him to veto this damn thing.

“I have my own struggles, my own sin, and the last thing I want is for that sin to be “accepted.”

When I go to church, I don’t want to be told that I need not change, I need not repent, I need not confront my wickedness. I don’t want to have my false sense of spiritual security and superiority reinforced. I don’t want to be told that I’m perfect. I’ve been around myself long enough to know better. I have compiled 30 years worth of evidence proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am indeed a desperately weak and sinful man. Yes, my sins are different from the ones our culture favors — no one is lobbying for my sins to be “included” in the faith the way they lobby for other sorts of sins — but mine are ugly and awful all the same.

What I want, pastor, is to be freed from these sins. I do not want to be made more comfortable in them. Or perhaps on some level I do want to be made comfortable in them. Maybe I would like someone to pat me on the back and say, “Everything about you is wonderful and you’ll go to Heaven no matter what you do because you’re a perfect angel.” I admit I find that fantasy quite appealing. But I know that it is just that — a fantasy. A fiction. A story whispered in our ears not by Christ but by Satan.

The truth is more difficult but also more hopeful. The truth is that I am dirty, but I can be cleansed. The truth is that I am weak, but I can be strengthened. The truth is that I am corrupt, but I can be made holy through the grace of God. And the church should be there to help in that process. That’s why it exists.”

- Matt Walsh, Dear Christians, it’s not the church’s job to make us feel comfortable

Just In: While Everyone's Focused On Trump, Congress Takes Shock Action Against Planned Parenthood
"... nothing short of an outrage ..."
By Jack Davis

House Panel Wants Planned Parenthood Prosecuted For Sale Of Baby Parts

A congressional panel wants Planed Parenthood prosecuted for the sale of body parts from aborted babies.

The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recommended Thursday that the attorney general of Texas prosecute Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast for its actions.

House Panel Refers Baby Part Selling Planned Parenthood Chapter For Criminal Prosecution https://t.co/CL5RgnGaPk via @yidwithlid

— Brian Mora (@BrianMora_USA) December 3, 2016

The panel’s actions are the result of undercover investigations from the summer of 2015 in which the Center for Medical Progress documented that Planned Parenthood clinics were selling organs from aborted babies. The videos included comments form employees at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston that Planned Parenthood used accounting tricks to hide the sales.

” … it is nothing short of an outrage that Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics supplement their budgets by selling human fetal tissue from aborted babies,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., chair of the panel.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said the work of the select panel should lead to major changes.

“It’s past time that the abortion giant not only be stripped of federal funding, but be criminally charged and held accountable for breaking the law and selling out women — and the body parts of their aborted children — for profit,” she said.

“Law enforcement and elected representatives at all levels must now act quickly to bring Planned Parenthood to justice under the law and prevent any more taxpayer subsidies from flowing to Planned Parenthood’s barbaric criminal enterprise,” read a statement on the Center for Medical Progress’s website.

The panel’s action was praised by Family Research Council president Tony Perkins.

“The panel’s recommendation that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast be criminally prosecuted is the appropriate next step in bringing justice to bear on a group that clearly sees itself as above the law,” he said.

Perkins said prosecuting one clinic is only one part of what needs to be done.

“With criminal prosecution a growing possibility, the new Congress should once again use the reconciliation process to redirect taxpayer dollars away from Planned Parenthood,” Perkins urged.

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