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'The Sanctity of Human Life, Born and Preborn Must Be Preserved': Ohio GOP Introduces Pro-Life Bill Similar to TX Law


ABOVE:  Mary Parker, director of legislative affairs with Ohio Right to Life, appeared on the Monday edition of CBN News' Faith Nation to talk more about pro-life legislation within the state of Ohio. Faith Nation is seen weekdays on the CBN News Channel.

A group of Ohio Republican lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would ban most abortions in the state. The bill is similar to a Texas law that forbids abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, but goes further in that all abortions would be banned except in the case where a mother's life is at risk.

Leading the charge with the proposed law is state Rep. Jena Powell, who introduced the bill called the "2363 Act" Tuesday. The number 2363 is a reminder of the number of abortions performed in the US on any given day in 2017.

"The sanctity of human life, born and preborn, must be preserved in Ohio," Powell said in a statement to Cleveland.com.

"The 2363 Act is about protecting our fundamental, constitutional right to be born and live. Abortion kills children, scars families, and harms women. We can and must do better," the statement continued. 

The bill's other primary co-sponsor is Republican state Rep. Thomas Hall of Butler County. Hall, 26, noted in a statement that he and Powell as the two youngest members of the Ohio House, "are part of the generation that will end abortion in Ohio and across America."

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Like the Texas law, the bill allows citizens - "any person"- to file civil lawsuits seeking $10,000 or more against anyone in Ohio who perform abortions or "knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion," including paying for it via insurance.

More than half of the Republican caucus, 33 of 64 members, joined in as co-sponsors.

In a statement, Ohio Democrat, House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, called the bill "a dangerous attack on health care rights and an embarrassment for our state. Ohio Republicans want to control women, but we won't be silent."

Ohio Planned Parenthood's Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin weighed in against the legislation, saying in a statement, "Ohio has once again proved it is one of the most extreme states for abortion access."

"Banning abortion would be catastrophic to communities across Ohio," and added that "lawmakers and anti-abortion vigilantes have no business making personal medical decisions for their neighbors," the statement continued. 

Cincinnati.com reports the bill forbids administering, procuring, or selling any instrument, medicine, or drug to terminate a pregnancy. 

Included in the bill as well is language taken from the Declaration of Independence: "All human beings are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

The Ohio bill has no exceptions for rape or incest but prohibits lawsuits from being brought against abortion patients by anyone who impregnated them through rape or other sexual violence.

As CBN News reported, the Supreme Court took up two challenges Monday to the Texas "Heartbeat Act". Known as S.B. 8, the measure has brought most abortions to an abrupt halt in the Lone Star state. 

The challenges to the law were brought by lawyers representing abortion rights advocates and the U.S. Justice Department.

A ruling from the Supreme Court is expected before the end of the year.

This case does not challenge Roe v. Wade, but in December the Court hears a challenge to a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. Attorneys for the state have explicitly asked the High Court to overturn Roe. 

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