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2019-04-15

The Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act just passed the Ohio legislature this past week. This bill has been introduced and even passed multiple times over the past eight years with considerable debate as to its impact on our state, and possibly on our nation. As states seem to be drawing battle lines, it’s hard not to feel that the time of reckoning is coming for Roe v. Wade.

Ohio Right to Life has always subscribed to an incremental approach, seeking to protect the lives of women and their unborn babies. With the appointment of two new justices to the United States Supreme Court, we believe that the heartbeat bill is the next step in overturning Roe, a dated precedent that is out of touch with both the culture and medical technology.

The heartbeat bill seeks to prohibit abortion at the point of a detectable heartbeat — a more objective line by medical standards than “the point of viability” standard set by the seven men who decided Roe nearly 50 years ago. In 1973, an unborn baby was considered viable at 28 weeks in pregnancy. Today, babies born prematurely at 23 weeks are routinely provided care in our local NICUs and expected to survive, and some even survive at 21 or 22 weeks. Knowing more today than we have ever before about human life as it develops in the womb, the question we must ask ourselves is this: In every other medical procedure, the intention is to keep the heart beating, so why would anyone defend a procedure that stops a beating heart?

Abortion is the intentional killing of an innocent human being. Last year, Ohio legislators passed and then-Gov. Kasich signed into law our dismemberment abortion ban. Dismemberment abortion, otherwise known as dilation and evacuation (D&E), is a procedure in which the abortionist first dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses steel instruments to dismember and extract the baby from the uterus.

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