Rally in Ohio to Support Anti-abortion Bill

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In Ohio the anti-abortion activists have planned a rally on Tuesday. This rally has the main motive to support the passing of an anti-abortion law. This anti-abortion law would be the most restrictive law in the country. This bill would ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. In June the bill passed the Ohio house. But the bill has not yet been assigned a committee in the Senate (Ohio Senate). The senate’s fall session will begin on Tuesday. If the law is enacted then it would be a direct challenge 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling of the US Supreme Court. The ruling of the US Supreme Court defended a woman’s right to an abortion until it is possible and practical to pull the fetus out of the womb, i.e. till about 22 to 24 weeks. A fetal heartbeat is detected in about six weeks.

The vote in the Ohio House was 54:43 for the ban. Most of the Republicans voted in favor of the ban. The Ohio Senate is also dominated by republicans but it is definitely not very certain that whether the bill will be passed or not. On its website “Ohio Right to Life” has called the bill to be a right idea which has come up at the wrong time. It has expressed serious concerns that the Supreme Court will annul the bill. Executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, Kellie Copeland, said that it seems that the supporters of the bill still have not been able to line up the votes for the bill. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is absolutely against the bill. Kellie Copeland said “It would outlaw abortion at a point in pregnancy when many women don’t yet realize they’re pregnant”. She also said that NARAL has planned a demonstration to counter the supporters of the bill.

Anti Abortion Rally

William Batchelder, who is the Republican Ohio House Speaker, said that when the bill was in the house he knew that the bill is going to face a challenge in the court. The bill has not specified any exceptions for rape, incest or about the risk to the life and the health of the mother. Several Republican presidential candidates, including a number of eminent personalities like Texas Governor Rick Perry, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have expressed strong support for the bill. This has been reported by Faith2Action which is an anti-abortion group and the rally is being organized by the same group.


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