Anti-Abortion Law in Ohio

A protest against Focus on the Family's "Stand for the Family" event at the Xcel Energy Center, planned by OutFront Minnesota.

A person’s body belongs to them and it is their choice what they decide to do with their body. Whether they decide to eat healthy or not. Whether they decide to exercise or not. Whether they get a tattoo or a piercing or not. In the U.S. we respect people’s choice of what they do with their body even after death. If someone has a heart that can save the life of a four year old girl and they’ve recently passed, unless the person has said and has it marked on their driver’s license, that organ cannot be used. It is very simple. “My body, my choice.”

A baby is part of a woman’s body, therefore it is her choice whether or she wants an abortion. According to Scientific American, a baby does not develop consciousness until the the thalamo-cortical complex begins to develop between the 24th and 28th week of gestation. A fetus is not an individual being until then. But three Christians in Ohio, Laura Burton, Anthony Dipane and Dustin Paulson disagree and have proposed an amendment to the Ohio constitution that would outlaw abortion.

The amendment classifies any and all things used to kill or prevent a fetus from birthing in Ohio as aggravated murder in the state. The punishment for aggravated murder is 15 years to life in prison and the amendment will punish both the doctor(s) who performed the abortion and the women. This amendment also makes prescription birth control, emergency contraception, and IUDs illegal with the same punishment.

The amendment is unfair to all women and unconstitutional. It is 100% a woman’s choice to have an abortion and use birth control drugs.

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL (National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws) Pro-Choice Ohio, has said that another proposal in Oklahoma, similar to this one, was rejected because it violated the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that says, “women have a Constitutional right to an abortion.” The Supreme Court has already made a decision on this issue so why people are so incompetent and ignorant to attempt to make another case? Especially once the Supreme Court rules something is final. It is a waste of their time to propose the same amendment twice.

Attorney General Mike DeWine now has the amendment. He can’t do anything to stop the amendment right now because his only job is to decide if the wording of the amendment is correct, but when he is done the amendment will go to Secretary of State Jon Husted who can and should stop the amendment before it goes the the ballot board.

Read more here. Read the amendment here.

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Gwen Zirkle
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