Ohio Legislator circumventing the Constitution over ‘Heartbeat Bill’
“We don’t want this to play out in the press. We’re still working on it, trading messages about the language. It’s not final yet.”
After all the bru-ha-ha at election time over the Swing State of Ohio—this legislator (Republican Man) must have been asleep. Or perhaps just so invested in his faulty world view he can’t get past his sense of superiority.
Just two days after a majority of Ohio voters indicated at the polls that they support abortion rights, the GOP-controlled Ohio state legislature announced plans to reconsider a controversial bill that would ban all abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected, without exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother.
The so-called “heartbeat bill,” which could prevent a woman from having an abortion before she even realizes she’s pregnant, has been stalled in the Ohio state Senate since June 2011 largely because a major anti-abortion group refused to support it. Mike Gonidakis, executive director of Ohio Right to Life, told the Columbus Dispatch in March of 2011 that the bill was so extreme that it could backfire and prompt the Supreme Court to reaffirm Roe v. Wade.
But Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond) told The Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday that the Senate plans to reconsider the heartbeat bill in a lame duck session that begins next week. Ohio Right to Life is working on a compromise with Faith2Action, the main anti-abortion group behind the bill, to develop a substitute bill they both can agree on.