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Ohio Considers Total Ban on Abortion and Death Penalty for Women or Doctors Found Guilty
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49578"><span class="small">Zamira Rahim, The Independent</span></a>   
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:08

Rahim writes: "Politicians in Ohio are considering passing a bill that could allow abortions to be punishable with life sentences in prison and even the death penalty."

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has threatened to veto the bill. (photo: Darren McCollester/Getty Image)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has threatened to veto the bill. (photo: Darren McCollester/Getty Image)


Ohio Considers Total Ban on Abortion and Death Penalty for Women or Doctors Found Guilty

By Zamira Rahim, The Independent

21 November 18


Bill makes no exceptions for rape, incest or risk to mother's life

oliticians in Ohio are considering passing a bill that could allow abortions to be punishable with life sentences in prison and even the death penalty.

The proposed law, House Bill 565, would extend the definition of a person in Ohio's criminal code to include the "unborn human".

This would mean that a foetus, from conception to birth, would be considered a person, leaving people who perform or undergo abortions vulnerable to severe criminal penalties.

House Bill 565 makes no exception for pregnancies arising from rape or incest or which risk the life of the mother.

The Ohio legislature is controlled by the local Republican party.

The bill would not only criminalise abortion but also defines the process as "causing the death of an unborn human, by any method, including, but not limited to, chemical methods, medical methods, and surgical methods."

Although the document does not include miscarriages, it is unclear how an unintended termination would be proven by a woman or doctor under scrutiny.

The bill was proposed in March and is awaiting consideration by the legislature's health committee.

House Bill 565 is only the latest bill to be introduced in the Ohio legislature that seeks to severely limit abortion rights.

The so-called 'heartbeat bill', which would criminalise performing abortions at the point a foetal heartbeat is detected, was passed by the Ohio House of Representatives on 15 November.

Most women are unaware of their pregnancy at this point.

Doctors who perform an abortion on a foetus with a heartbeat could be punished with up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine, according to The New York Times.

The 'heartbeat bill' will now pass to the Ohio state Senate.

Governor John Kasich has threatened to veto the controversial bill if it reaches his desk, according to local newspaper The Columbus Dispatch.

A 3/5 majority vote in both the Ohio House of Representatives and state Senate would be needed to override the Republican governor's veto.

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+12 # ddd-rrr 2018-11-21 11:28
Are some people ('Bublicans, mostly...) just plain STUPID, or, WHAT?!

From some reports it took over 200,000 years to reach one billion people;
but, it took only about 200 years more to reach almost 8 billion people!
THIS ONE PLANET THAT WE HAVE ACCESS TO CANNOT SUSTAIN
THIS RATE OF INCREASE IN POPULATION MUCH LONGER!

Yes, "sex is fun, natural, etc.", but if a common result of it is not curtailed
(humanely), WE WILL NOT SURVIVE ON THIS PLANET!

Combine this idiotic Ohio bill with contraceptive banning (with Pence, and
similar religious "nuts" in power), and we are soon doomed as a species.

And, 'Bublicans are often hypocritical, as in: it's NOT OK to kill a
non-sentient early fetus, yet it IS OK to kill developed and sentient human
beings who have chosen to NOT over-populate this planet?!

REALLY!?!?
 
 
+5 # Glen 2018-11-21 16:57
And it is OK to kill thousands of adults and developed youth and children in war and local shootings. Men, of course, do get heavily into war, but they won't go in for a vasectomy. Guess THOSE doctors are already in jail for life.
 
 
+8 # BetaTheta 2018-11-21 11:31
What is the ratio of women to men in that legislature?
 
 
+10 # tedrey 2018-11-21 11:59
It would seem that "causing the death of an unborn human, by any method," would include such means as inadequate nutrition or domestic violence, which is usually a more "leftist" concern. Some Republican fathers would have to be implicated in this as well.
 
 
+9 # Glen 2018-11-21 12:09
Does the death penalty mean burning at the stake? The idea these people desire so much control and are running it through a political party should be terrifying to citizens. One more reason civilized countries laugh at and have no respect for the U.S.
 
 
+7 # economagic 2018-11-21 12:15
OK, fine. But fair is fair: Let us at the same time enact a dedicated tax of 0.01 percent on ALL income, personal and corporate, with a mandate to provide universal and immediate access 24/7 to any and all means of contraception to any person who requests it, and universal and honest (science based) age-appropriate sex education beginning at about age ten, with humane but significant penalties to any person or organization that impugns the validity of the science.
 
 
+11 # REDPILLED 2018-11-21 13:50
How many of these Ohio state legislators are males?

How many are willing to provide financial assistance to the women who obey these draconian, patriarchal laws and have unwanted babies?

50% or more of the salaries of every legislator who votes for such anti-women laws should be taken and put in a fund for the women forced to have these unwanted babies.

Where does the AMA stand on doctors being prevented from performing abortions?
 
 
+1 # tedrey 2018-11-22 07:26
Then by the Ohio legislature's (il)logic, since any man causing a woman to be involuntarily pregnant is not only endangering her life, but also creating a new person's life which is endangered from the start, he should be subject to stiff penalties. What about it, Ohio?
 
 
+3 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-21 15:17
So do the repugs have a 3/5 majority in both houses of the Ohio legislature?
 
 
+6 # janie1893 2018-11-21 16:29
Ohio bans heterosexual sex!!
 
 
+3 # wilhelmscream 2018-11-21 17:52
House Bill 565: UNCONSTIUTIONAL !! UP YOURS OHIO!!
 
 
+4 # stevee19304@gmail.com 2018-11-21 23:15
If men could get pregnant for having sexual activity, would abortion be a constitutionall y guaranteed right?
 
 
-1 # OrlandoDFree 2018-11-23 04:05
Read the article carefully. It doesn't say they passed anything. It just says they introduced the bill and are waiting for the Health committee to consider it. It was introduced in March. The Governor says he will veto it. In short, nothing has happened since March. This bill is not about to pass, it will not get signed into law. This is some idiot legislator who introduced a bill back in March that was never going to go anywhere. Not even news.
 
 
0 # tedrey 2018-11-24 08:06
But would advance notice of the following have been news to you?

"The so-called 'heartbeat bill', which would criminalise performing abortions at the point a foetal heartbeat is detected, was passed by the Ohio House of Representatives on 15 November."

But, in relative advance silence, they did it!