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Pain-Capable bill passes Ohio legislature during lame duck session

by | Dec 9, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

When the Ohio House yesterday joined the state Senate in approving SB 127, it placed the Buckeye State in position to become the 15th state to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The measure is heading to Gov. John Kasich. The bill passed 64-29.

As reported by NRL News Today, just this week two pro-life New Jersey state Senators held a press conference “to build on momentum from Trump’s win,” drawing attention to their Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects unborn children who are at least 20 weeks beyond fertilization (which is equivalent to 22 weeks of pregnancy — about the start of the sixth month). And no matter how many deniers there are on the Democratic side of the aisle, there is abundant evidence that by this point in development (and probably earlier), the unborn child has the capacity to experience excruciating pain during typical abortion procedures.

The law is already on the books in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Public radio station WVXU quoted former Ohio Supreme Court Justice and current Republican house member Bob Cupp, who said there are no questions about its constitutionality. “In my judgement, it is not improbable that the U.S. Supreme Court will, in fact, uphold the 20 week limitations on abortions once it gets the case.”

Passage came during the closing hours of a lame duck legislative session. If there is not time for Kasich to sign the measure, legislators would have time to tweak SB127 to make it more closely follow the NRLC model bill.

Public opinion is strongly behind the pain-capable bill. As we reported on November 21, the polling company, inc./WomanTrend found almost two-thirds support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—well more than double those who opposed.

Sixty-four percent were in favor to only 28% who were opposed.

Among his commitments to pro-lifers, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Support for the bill in the new poll extended across all demographic and geographic boundaries. For example

· Millennial voters 78% support

· Women voters 67% support

· African Americans 70% support

· Hispanics 57 % support

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