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When Abstinence only education doesn’t work, legislate that the life of an unborn child is more valuable than the life of the mother– OH to live in Ohio. June 22, 2006

Posted by makingyourdashcount in abstinence, intolerance, Ohio Legislation, Ohio Politics, rants, Thoughts.

From the land of abstinence only education and the newly released CDC survey that shows that 46% of our teens have engaged in sexual activity, comes the newest blast from the Ohio Legislature and their faith over facts religious right friends.

Ohio House Bill 228 introduced by Tim Brinkman, R-Mount Lookout, in April would make it a felony for a woman to seek to terminate her pregnancy and holds the same penalty if she chooses to leave the state for the medical procedure. I envision the state patrol guarding Ohio’s border with one step pregnancy tests!

This bill: Read the bill

  • Prohibits the performance of abortions.(All abortions including pregnancies caused by violence or incest and those which would cause harm to the mother. All abortions including those from “a morning after” pill.)
  • Creates the offense of facilitating an abortion (Including pharmaceutical means and in the instance of rape and incest.)
  • Increases penalties for performance of unlawful abortions, unlawful distribution of an abortion-inducing drug, and abortion trafficking. (That includes being a pharmacist distributing FDA approved drugs.)
  • Prohibits the use of state funds to pay for health insurance plans that cover abortion.
  • Prohibits the use of state or local public funds to subsidize an abortion.
  • Eliminates the Public Health Council’s authority to adopt rules relating to abortions.(This is like playing peek-a-boo with a toddler. If you don’t see it, it goes away.)
  • Authorizes the Ohio State Medical Board to take disciplinary action against physicians who violate an abortion-related law.

As written, this Bill even prohibits abortions when the mother is in danger. The Representatives sponsoring this Bill: Brinkman, Hood, Buehrer, Bubp, Faber, Fessler, Gilb, Hoops, Kearns, Raussen, Reidelbach, Schaffer, Schneider, Seaver, Taylor, Uecker, Wagner, and Widowfield, have concluded that an unborn life is more valuable than an existing one, even when the existing one may be mothering other children. (I sure hope the voters note that!) So it becomes a felony for a physician to choose the health of the mother over the life of the unborn child/ fetus/ embryo? What kind of misogymist mumbo jumbo is that? Preposterous.

I don’t think there is anyone “Pro-abortion,” as some Pro-life activists like to think. No one wants to put anyone through the agony of dealing in any way with an unwanted pregnancy. Not getting pregnant is the first step, although medically correct information is not part of the abstinence only Ohio health education curriculum. If 46% of our teens are indeed having sex, shouldn’t they learn how to keep themselves healthy and childless?

When a legislature even proposes that a doctor, member of the clergy or parent is guilty of a felony in counseling a young woman according to their mainstream faith and beliefs, something is truly wrong.

If you care about women:


The definition of when life begins: When the kids move out and the dog dies….. (author unknown.)


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