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Ohio AG approves language of amendment aimed at making abortion a state right

by | Mar 7, 2023

By Nancy Flanders

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has approved the language of a constitutional amendment aimed at making abortion a right in the state constitution.

The amendment will now head to the Ohio Ballot Board, which has 10 days to certify the language. It had been filed by abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood, Pro-Choice Ohio, the Abortion Fund of Ohio, and the American Civil Liberties Union. Yost called the language of the amendment “fair and truthful.”

However, it is not “fair” or “truthful” to claim that there is a “right” to an induced abortion — which is the direct and intentional killing of a living human being before birth. No one has the “right” to kill another innocent, vulnerable human.

The amendment states:

1.    Every individual has a right to make and carry out one’s own reproductive decisions, including but not limited to decisions on contraception, fertility treatment, continuing one’s own pregnancy, miscarriage care, and abortion.

2.    The State shall not directly or indirectly burden, penalize, prohibit, interfere with, or discriminate against either an individual’s voluntary exercise of this right or a person or entity that assists an individual exercising this right, unless the State demonstrates that it is using the least restrictive means to advance the individual’s health in accordance with widely accepted and evidence-based standards of care.

It says that preborn children may be protected from abortion after fetal viability — though this an arbitrary and nebulous marker in pregnancy, as the abortion industry has admitted it picks and chooses “viability” on a case-by-case basis and not by gestational age. There is no supposed line in the sand of when a human being is deemed to be a human being worthy of protection from the law.

If passed, the amendment will allow abortion in Ohio for any reason at any time during pregnancy — through all nine months.

It will also allow sexual predators to bring their victims for abortions and then continue to abuse them after destroying the baby, as is what happened to a 14-year-old Ohio girl.

A report from Alliance Defending Freedom revealed that a Planned Parenthood facility in Ohio allowed soccer coach John Haller, who had impregnated a 14-year-old child, to sign off on her abortion without her parents’ knowledge. He convinced the teen to have an abortion so that they could stay together.

Rather than investigate or report suspicion of abuse, Planned Parenthood simply took the word of Haller over the phone that he was the victim’s parent, after Haller instructed the girl to give his number to Planned Parenthood. Then, according to court documents, the abuser resumed abusing the teen after the abortion. As a result of a subsequent report made by a teacher, Haller was later found guilty of seven counts of sexual battery. As explained in the video above, the girl’s parents filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood for failing to report suspected child sexual abuse.

In 2022, the Ohio Department of Health released data that revealed that 538 abortions were committed on children under the age of 17 in 2021. At least 57 of those were carried out on girls younger than 15. The age of sexual consent in Ohio is 16, which means these pregnancies were the result of statutory rape. It is not known if these pregnancies were reported as is required by law, or if these girls were put through abortions and then returned to their abusers.

“This dangerous and extreme amendment is anti-parent and anti-woman. It completely abolishes current Ohio law guaranteeing parental involvement before any abortion is performed on their minor daughter. It also removes critical health and safety protections for Ohio women that are currently in place,” said Ruth Edmonds of the Center for Christian Virtue.

Once the amendment is approved by the Ballot Board, the abortion industry members who created the amendment will have until July 5 to collect and submit approximately 412,500 valid signatures to put the issue before voters in November.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Live Action News and is reposted with permission.

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