I've also seen it claimed that the bill includes a provision that physicians cannot provide any medical care to a woman without first taking into account the health of the fetus, though I have yet to verify that.
Their House has already passed a foetal heartbeat bill, banning abortion and providing for penalties including up to one year in prison for physicians who perform and abortion. Governor Kasich has threatened to veto it, showing once again why he is one of the few prominent Republicans who I might actually bother to piss on if he were on fire.
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Look, I'll admit that despite being agnostic, and progressive on most issues, I am actually deeply conflicted on the subject of abortion. I recognize that its something that we can't ban, and that to do so would be a violation of womens' rights, but the thought of it happening still makes me uncomfortable, and I worry about the implications of deciding when an organism qualifies as sufficiently alive to be a person. I've often steered clear of abortion debates, in part for that reason. In my ideal world, we would have sufficient birth control, sex education, and support for new mothers to ensure that people did not feel the need to have abortions.Politicians in Ohio are considering passing a bill that could allow abortions to be punishable with life sentences in prison and even the death penalty.
The proposed law, House Bill 565, would extend the definition of a person in Ohio's criminal code to include the "unborn human".
This would mean that a foetus, from conception to birth, would be considered a person, leaving people who perform or undergo abortions vulnerable to severe criminal penalties.
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House Bill 565 makes no exception for pregnancies arising from rape or incest or which risk the life of the mother.
The Ohio legislature is controlled by the local Republican party.
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The bill would not only criminalise abortion but also defines the process as "causing the death of an unborn human, by any method, including, but not limited to, chemical methods, medical methods, and surgical methods."
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Although the document does not include miscarriages, it is unclear how an unintended termination would be proven by a woman or doctor under scrutiny.
The bill was proposed in March and is awaiting consideration by the legislature's health committee.
House Bill 565 is only the latest bill to be introduced in the Ohio legislature that seeks to severely limit abortion rights.
The so-called 'heartbeat bill', which would criminalise performing abortions at the point a foetal heartbeat is detected, was passed by the Ohio House of Representatives on 15 November.
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Doctors who perform an abortion on a foetus with a heartbeat could be punished with up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine, according to The New York Times.
The 'heartbeat bill' will now pass to the Ohio state Senate.
Governor John Kasich has threatened to veto the controversial bill if it reaches his desk, according to local newspaper The Columbus Dispatch.
A 3/5 majority vote in both the Ohio House of Representatives and state Senate would be needed to override the Republican governor's veto.
But there is no ambiguity about this bill. This is legalized murder, pure and simple. This is saying that life is valuable only until it is born, and not after (at least if its a woman's life). This is implicitly saying that women's only worth is as breeding stock, and if they aren't filling that role, then they're better off dead.
In short, women are worth nothing in Ohio except as breeding livestock, and if they don't know their place, or even if they suffer a tragic accident, then they will be murdered by the state. A few months ago, I would have had little fear of this actually being enacted as law. Now, on the Kavanaugh Supreme Court and with RBG's health uncertain... I can honestly see abortion being criminalized, or "left up to the states", and this becoming law in many stats in the not too distant future.
If this bill or any like it is enacted as law, permitted by the Courts, and enforced by the State, then I would consider that, and I say this in absolute seriousness and without a shred of hyperbole, a causus belli for armed resistance.