Ohio Is Pushing Through a Batsh*t Abortion Bill
Things haven’t been looking good for women’s rights in Ohio.
A new bill that would ban abortions from being performed once a fetus’ heartbeat is detected has passed and is headed to the governor’s desk, according to The New York Times.
The bill, which would make it illegal to have abortions after roughly the first six weeks of pregnancy, was approved by the Ohio House and Senate on Tuesday. Ohio’s governor, John Kasich, is anti-abortion, but has previously voiced concerns about whether or not the bill is constitutional, so he may be a bit more realistic and not let it become law. He has ten days to make a decision on it, according to CNN.
Currently, most women in the US have the option of getting a medical abortion (such as the abortion pill) up to 10 weeks into pregnancy, or a surgical abortion up to 15-20 weeks into pregnancy. Six weeks is crazy short. Especially because many women may not even realize that they missed their period until three or four weeks into pregnancy.
If passed, it is unlikely that this law will stand up in the Supreme Court, but State Senate President Keith Faber, a Republican, is optimistic and told The New York Times he thinks “it has a better chance than it did before.” He cites Donald Trump’s Supreme Court appointments as a reason for why they chose to bring this bill back up again.
Here’s the kicker – the bill would make exceptions for cases where the mother’s life is in danger, but not in cases of rape or incest. Great.
This seems insane, but it’s really happening. Keep contacting your senators and other representatives to make sure that this doesn’t happen in your state. If you’re a resident of Ohio, keep having safe sex and staying on top of tracking your period, because if this bill passes it could be more important than ever.