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Ohio holds second hearing on Human Life Protection Act which would ban abortions if Roe v. Wade overturned

by | May 20, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Ohio is on its way to joining the list of states that would ban abortion as soon as soon as Roe v. Wade is overturned. If the Human Life Protection Act does become law, Ohio will join 13 other states in having a “trigger ban” law in place.

Yesterday, the Ohio state House Government Oversight Committee held its second hearing on the Human Life Protection Act (Senate Bill 123/House Bill 598).

“I’m thrilled to see this legislation gaining momentum,” said state Rep. Jean Schmidt, the lead sponsor of the bill. “In Ohio alone, nearly 21,000 unborn children are unjustly killed every year. This has to stop. The time has come for Ohio to join these other states and truly stand up for the rights of the unborn.”

Allie Frazier, executive director of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio, said allowing the state to “force” pregnant women to have the choice of abortion does not create the bodily autonomy that abortion advocates might think,” according to reporter Susan Tebben.

“The question is ‘do we need to be able to kill our progeny to be free?’” Frazier said. “I don’t think that’s true.”

She added, “The government does have an interest in ensuring that none of our citizens and none of the human lives that exist within this state are being victimized, especially on a large scale.”

Abortion is currently legal up until 22 weeks gestation.

“Partly in reaction to Schmidt’s bill, Democratic legislators announced Tuesday they will seek a state constitutional amendment to permanently legalize abortion in Ohio,” reported Jim Gaines for the Dayton Daily News. “They acknowledged it’s improbable that the amendment would get the needed three-fifths support in the Republican-dominated General Assembly, but framed it as ‘step one’ toward a statewide referendum.”

Dr. Michael Parker, an OB-GYN and former president of the National Catholic Medical Association, testified “This genetically distinct and inherently valuable human person is worthy of the same dignity and respect as all other human persons,” Parker said. “Therefore, we see that abortion violates the basic tenets of medical ethics, to do no harm, because it ends the life of an unborn child.”

Even with Roe in place, Melanie Miller, executive director of Ashland Pregnancy Center, said pregnancy centers and churches already are helping.

“When we end abortion in Ohio, what happens to all of the babies? Pregnancy centers are ready,” Miller testified and tweeted. “Churches are ready. These groups are already loving and caring for moms and families in their time of need.” 

Denise Leipold, Ohio Right to Life board member, added: “The killing of a child in the womb is not healthcare, nor is it part of reproductive healthcare. Two people enter an abortion clinic. Once of them always dies.” She told the committee she was “part of the team that originated this legislation,” according to Gaines.

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