COLUMBUS, OH – The debate over abortion is livelier now than it has been in some time, accentuated by the contrast between an increasingly pro-life population and increasingly radical pro-abortion faction that has gone so far as to defend infanticide. At the crux of the pro-life argument is, of course, that aborting a child in the womb is denying that child their right to life. Yet, while the Left pushes abortion to extremes, the Right has mostly and tentatively advanced only small protections of the unborn. Pro-life state lawmakers in Ohio have had enough of the piecemeal approach to protecting the most innocent among us.
From the Associated Press:
“A group of conservative lawmakers in Ohio has introduced a bill to outlaw abortion outright except to save the pregnant woman’s life.
State Rep. Candice Keller, a Republican from Middletown, says the bill’s backers are tired of taking an incremental approach to ending abortion.
“The time for regulating evil and compromise is over,” she said in a statement. “The time has come to abolish abortion in its entirety and recognize that each individual has the inviolable and inalienable Right to Life.”
The legislation, introduced Thursday, declares a fetus a person and would subject doctors who terminate pregnancies to potential murder charges.
The bill makes an exception for the life of the pregnant woman, saying a doctor would escape prosecution for performing “a surgery, before the unborn child is viable, for the sole purpose of treating the pregnant woman’s fatal condition.”
Ohio is among states that have passed restrictive abortion laws in recent years in hopes of sparking a legal challenge that would overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. Abortion opponents have been emboldened by the new conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“This has been the goal of the grassroots of the pro-life movement since the disastrous Roe decision of 1973,” stated Margie Christie, president of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio. […]”
The pro-abortion Left reacted predictably to the bill, calling it an assault on the “sacred physician-patient relationship” and is an ‘outlandish restriction on Ohioans parenting decisions.’
(Parenting (noun): the activity of bringing up a child as a parent. Example: “the many sides of modern parenting”
We can say with relative certainty that ending your child’s life in no way fits the definition of ‘parenting.’)
In recognition of the fact that their can be no compromise on a moral absolute such as a right to life, this legislation cuts to the chase about why abortion is wrong. Even if it doesn’t become law, or invite precedent-smashing legal review, the premise of this bill is vital for public discourse. Not because it’s “extreme,” but because it is honest about regarding the unborn as lives unto themselves and what that means if our laws are to honor the precept of every individual’s right to life.