Published On: Thu, Dec 22nd, 2016

John Kasich divided pro-lifers and abortion activists over bill signed and the veto of the ‘Heartbeat Bill’

Gov. John Kasich signed one abortion-restricting bill Dec. 13 while using his line-item veto on another, drawing praise and criticism from both sides of the debate.

Kasich approved SB 127, which would ban abortions about 20 weeks after conception, when an unborn child could feel pain. The Ohio Governor then vetoed sections of HB 493, nicknamed the Heartbeat Bill, which covered changes to the reporting of child abuse and neglect and would ban abortions about six weeks after conception.

Abortion opponents, including Ohio Right to Life, opposed the Heartbeat language, saying it could undo other restrictions on the procedure that are already part of state law.

photo/ donkeyhotey

“I agree with Ohio Right to Life and other leading, pro-life advocates that SB 127 is the best, most legally sound and sustainable approach to protecting the sanctity of human life,” Kasich said in a released statement.

Kasich added that his veto to portions of HB 493 were “clearly contrary to the Supreme Court of the United States’ current rulings on abortion. Similar legislation enacted in two other states has twice been declared unconstitutional by federal judges, and the Supreme Court declined to review those decisions. Because the federal courts are bound to follow the Supreme Court’s rulings on abortion, the amendment to Am. Sub. HB 493 will be struck down. The state of Ohio will be the losing party in that lawsuit and, as the losing party, the State of Ohio will be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover the legal fees for the pro-choice activists’ lawyers. Furthermore, such a defeat invites additional challenges to Ohio’s strong legal protections for unborn life. Therefore, this veto is in the public interest.”

Despite the moderate approach to the sensitive topic, leftists lined up to attack the decision. TIME Magazine followed their Hitler-style photo cover of President-elect Donald Trump and a disgusting message to electors to betray their state’s decision with an article titled: “Don’t Be Fooled by John Kasich’s Dangerous New Abortion Ban” proclaiming how that 20 week ban is just as illegal.

“A law without an exception for rape or incest that stops a woman from getting an abortion at 20 weeks, before an ultrasound can detect some of the most common fetal abnormalities and before scientific consensus says the fetus could survive outside the womb, is far from modest. But next to the heartbeat bill, it starts to seem that way,” adds the Washington Post in their piece which states SB 127 is a “bigger threat” than HB493.

“The 20-week abortion ban callously disregards the unique circumstances that surround a woman’s pregnancy,” Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said in a released statement. “Once a woman has made the decision to end a pregnancy, she needs access to safe and legal abortion care in her community. Kasich’s actions today will fall hardest on low-income women, women of color, and young women. History will not judge Gov. Kasich’s disregard for women’s health kindly.”

These outlets and activists act as though a later ban would be ok, “It comes into conflict with Roe’s guarantee of the right to an abortion until a fetus could survive outside the womb – which scientists say usually happens around 24 weeks,” wrote the Post. Of course that is not true as any restriction is attacked by the pro-abortion movement.

Some pro-lifers took an angry tone as well: “While Gov. Kasich betrayed life, broke his pro-life promises, and turned his back on 20,000 babies whose heartbeats can be heard, the battle is not over,” Janet Porter, president of Faith2Action, said in a released statement. “We are just two votes away from overriding his veto in the Ohio House.”


photo: 14 week fetus photo/ Your Pregnancy week by week

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