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Controversial Ohio Heartbeat Bill

Pricilla Perez, Writer

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Abortion has been a controversial topic for the longest time since the Supreme Court decided it was a fundamental right in the Roe vs. Wade court case, on January 22, 1973.  There are two sides to the abortion argument: Pro-choice and Pro-life. Pro-choice believes that abortion is a right that a woman has because it is her body, and the government or religious personals should not get the dictate a woman’s choice. Pro-life believes that a fetus has rights when conceived, and abortion would be murder.

Recently, Ohio passed the “Heartbeat Bill” which bans abortion after 6-7 weeks of conception or when the heartbeat can be found. This is a slap in the face for women and women’s rights. Women can go up to two missed periods before realizing they’re pregnant. Meaning, this 6-7 week law makes it literally impossible to make a decision at all on whether or not to get an abortion. MOST abortions take place after that amount of time.  And, it makes abortion a crime. People who get them would be considered criminals. The bill also doesn’t make an exception for those who have conceived from rape or incest.

People are blaming Trump for this bill; awhile back, Donald said he wanted women to be punished for abortions, but later changed his statement. “If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman,” Trump said in the statement. “The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed—like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.” Earlier, he had said in an interview that women should be punished in some way, and they should feel guilty for having an abortion.

Jim Buchy, Republican Representative, was a strong proponent for the bill. When a reporter asked, “Whaat do you think makes a woman want an abortion?” The Republican representative said he had never thought about it. His exact words were,  “Well, there’s probably a lot of reas— I’m not a woman.” He laughs. “I’m thinking now if I’m a woman why would I want to get… Some of it has to do with economics. A lot of it has to do with economics. I don’t know. It’s a question I’ve never even thought about.” An example of how men and the government try to control women’s bodies. They have never had to face the difficulty of choosing whether or not to have an abortion, but they still wish to control a women’s choice on that.

Update: John Kaisch has vetoed the heartbeat bill, but signed a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks.

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