In a bill that would go further than any previous attempt to slash abortion “rights”, Ohio conservatives introduced a piece of legislation on Thursday that would completely outlaw the practice in the Buckeye State. Leaving only a protection for abortions that save the life of the mother, the bill is the product of State Rep. Candice Keller, who said in a statement that pro-life Republicans were tired of taking an incremental approach to ending Roe v. Wade.
“The time for regulating evil and compromise is over,” she said in a statement. “The time has come to abolish abortion in its entirety and recognize that each individual has the inviolable and inalienable Right to Life.”
The bill would codify into law the definition of a fetus as a living human being, and it would make doctors criminally liable for performing an abortion. Indeed, if passed into law, this bill would subject abortion doctors to murder charges.
Only if the “pregnant woman’s fatal condition” was hanging in the balance would a physician be allowed to perform the operation.
Few will find it surprising that pro-abortion groups came out in force against the legislation.
“This is yet another attack on the sacred physician-patient relationship and on reproductive health care,” said Lauren Blauvelt of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. “This extreme bill goes to outlandish levels to further restrict Ohioans’ decisions around health care and parenting.”
Supporters of the bill, however, noted that the Ohio legislation was meant to be challenged.
“This has been the goal of the grassroots of the pro-life movement since the disastrous Roe decision of 1973,” said Margie Christie, president of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio.
It wasn’t long ago that the dream of overturning Roe v. Wade seemed like a fantasy. But with a strongly-conservative Supreme Court, pro-life advocates see new hope at the nation’s highest legal levels. The point isn’t to make some national anti-abortion law, as some Planned Parenthood types like to claim. The point is to put the power back in the hands of state legislatures. Back into the hands of the voters, in other words. And bills like this one in Ohio, the one in Alabama, and the one out of Georgia are the key to getting there.
Hopefully, it won’t be long before one of these cases sees its day in the Supreme Court.