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Wednesday, March 15, 2006 

Ohio next battleground for Roe v Wade?

The Toledo Free Press has an interesting article about the abortion fight and Ohio House Bill 228. The bill would prohibit abortions in the state, making no exception for cases of rape or incest, and would also make travel to another state for the purposes of obtaining an abortion a felony.
HB 228, which has 18 sponsors, should be seen as more than just election-year posturing by conservatives, Brinkman said.

"We are getting ready for the first testimony in the House Health committee," he said. "There is clearly a trend across the country in states like Michigan, Georgia and Tennessee to enact legislation that restricts or prohibits abortion, and which will then act as a trigger for the Supreme Court to take another look at Roe v. Wade."...
Brinkman's bill is not the only legislation in the House associated with abortion. HB 239 would prohibit public funding for abortion, while HB 469 would allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control or RU-486, the so-called "morning after" pill.

Kellie Copeland, the executive director of Ohio's chapter of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League said Ohioans should be "very concerned" about the introduction of such legislation.

"People who care about reproductive rights and who thought they were secure need to wake up," Copeland said. "Rights are in jeopardy now more than any time since the Roe decision in 1972."

Copeland said HB 228 is the most threatening to reproductive rights.

"What is most troubling is that the bill allows for no exceptions, even in the case of a mother's life being in danger," she said. "The supporters of this bill demonstrate a shocking ignorance toward women's health issues."

The hidden costs of such legislation are worrisome, Copeland said.

"Outlawing abortion will only make it more dangerous," she said. "We will wind up with women in morgues and hospital emergency rooms; laws such as HB 228 will push women back 40 years..."

"I believe in a woman's right to choose," said Ted Strickland, the leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate. "I would veto any attempt to outlaw a woman's right to choose if Roe v. Wade were overturned."

Strickland, a U.S. House representative from Ohio's 6th District, said he favors a moderate approach to the issue of abortion.

"Abortion should be safe, legal and rare," he said. "And, in Congress, I have supported middle-ground legislation on this subject, such as the partial-birth abortion ban."
Full story here.

Wow. Well, that is one of our families markers for leaving the state. I am sure we are not alone. Talk about Brain Drain - I bet there are alot of educated men and women who will just move instead of fight this stuff. That is not going to help the economy and it isn't going to help any poor children.

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If Blackwell wins, I'm almost certainly going to try and leave the state. Legislation like this will just be the tip of the iceberg.

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