January 19, 2006
Ohio’s anti-abortion bill
Explain to me again why the Dems aren’t willing to filibuster Alito?
A Cincinnati legislator’s bill to ban abortion in Ohio drew widespread support here Wednesday from a dozen groups eager to trigger a review of Roe v. Wade by what they see as an increasingly conservative U.S. Supreme Court.
At a Statehouse news conference marking this week’s 33rd anniversary of the landmark 1973 decision, opponents called on the Ohio General Assembly to debate a bill banning all abortions.
Introduced nine months ago by Rep. Tom Brinkman, R-Mount Lookout, House Bill 228 would make it a felony to carry out abortions or transport a woman across state lines to have one. It would allow abortions only to save the life of a mother.
Nancy Keenan, president of Naral Pro-Choice America, warned that anti-abortion advocates “are using the states as laboratories” in their efforts to overturn Roe. Indiana, too, is considering a ban on abortions, and other states are adding restrictions to when abortions are allowed.
… Cincinnati attorney Alphonse A. Gerhardstein, who represents a number of abortion providers across Ohio including Cincinnati Women’s Services, questioned whether the ban would pass in Columbus.
“I guess I thought that was dead,” Gerhardstein said. “If they pass a law knowing full well that it’s unconstitutional, sure, there’ll be a test case.”
And with Alito on the bench, Roe v. Wade will be overturned. Why doesn’t the Democratic leadership get this?
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