Abortion Proponents Show Photos at Press Conferences
Proponents of controversial legislation that would ban abortions within weeks of conception plan to take oversized, graphic pictures of aborted fetuses to the hometowns of Republican senators who aren’t pushing for a final vote on the bill.
The group offered a preview in downtown Columbus on Tuesday, holding signs and circling the Statehouse in a truck with a bloody photo and Senate President Tom Niehaus’ office phone number.
“The Heartbeat team has effectively used what I consider to be the warm and fuzzy approach to move this bill through the House of Representatives and onto the Senate,” said Mark Harrington, executive director of Created Equal, which is separate from the main proponent groups that have been promoting the legislation. “Teddy bears, balloons and cookies have their place. They helped to get this bill this far. However, in our opinion, it’s time to turn up the heat on the senators who are holding up the passage of this bill.”
Tuesday’s press conference was the latest in a series of now-weekly events by the backers of House Bill 125, the Heartbeat Bill.
Supporters believe the ban could serve as the vehicle for prompting the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.