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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.
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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:

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

Fixing Ohio School Funding April 30, 2006

Posted by makingyourdashcount in Ohio Legislation, Ohio Politics.
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Basically, we are in the 11th hour for our school systems. Ohio's broken school funding formula regularly pits community members against eachother while the futures and livelihoods of our oldest and youngest citizens hang in the balance. There is no good answer, as long as Ohio's Legislature sits on their hands and refuses to address the issue.

The 10.3 mils that the Westerville District is asking for at this Tuesday's election equates to about $200 a year in additional taxes on a $100,000 home. For those on fixed incomes, this $200 can be the amount that breaks their budgets on top of other rising costs. For our schoolchildren, however, that $200/ year represents outdated textbooks, class size, 1990's technology and the chance to participate in Band, Athletics, Chess Club and other extracurriculars.

For the upcoming senior class it also represents no senior prom and no yearbook. Although some in our community believe that these are idle threats, all you have to do is follow a highschool student around for a day to see where the schools have already cut. There is no more room to cut. Last year, our daughter's Biology class had 33 students. How can a teacher, no matter how much experience he has had, teach a lab science effectively to that many students? This is happening all across Ohio.

Districts have language, testing, and Federal and State "unfunded mandate" challenges that they never had before. Our senior citizens have financial challenges they never anticipated. $75/ barrel oil plays havoc on everybody's budgets, but even moreso those on fixed incomes.At the same time, our children are asked to accept substandard educational offerings and opportunities. As communities, we should not have to pit our least able to pay against the futures of our youngest generation. It is morally wrong.

As the 11th hour approaches for the Westerville Schools, our community has to VOTE YES for this funding. After that we have a moral obligation to implore our legislators to address the bigger issue of adequate and fair school funding at the state level. Until that happens, every levy will be seen as an US against THEM vote, which is not fair to anyone in our communities.

For further information see: Our Community Our Schools and Ohio Fair Schools