On Tuesday, Ohio State Rep. John Becker introduced the Human Life Protection Act in the Ohio House of Representatives.
This legislation would prohibit all abortions except those necessary to save the mother’s life and would take effect only if the United States Supreme Court votes to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Eight other states have already enacted similar pieces of legislation.
There is growing speculation that the high court could take up the case in the coming years.
“It’s time to look toward the future,” Becker stated. “The Human Life Protection Act affirms what we already know: that Ohio is a pro-life state. If, and when, the Supreme Court decides to return the issue of abortion back to the states, we want to be prepared for what comes next.”
And the momentum has shifted over the past several years. In the Buckeye state, there have been nearly 20 pieces of legislation signed into law to protect life and the family, while many abortion clinics have been shut down.
“Ohio Right to Life is excited to work with Rep. Becker in bringing forward this crucial legislation,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, Vice President of Ohio Right to Life. “This legislation positions Ohio to protect vulnerable babies from the violence of abortion from day one, as soon as the state has the ability to do so.”
She went on to say that the pro-life movement stands ready to serve these women and their children, whether it happens through the more than 140 pregnancy centers in our state, or through new initiatives that may be necessary to provide critical supports. No woman should feel like she must choose between her own future or her baby’s.
The bill applies criminal penalties only to “forced terminations” and would not punish doctors treating women who have experienced miscarriages or post-miscarriage care. The bill criminalizes the sale of abortifacient drugs but does not criminalize contraceptive drugs.
The Human Life Protection Act is a priority bill on Ohio Right to Life’s legislative agenda, and they will work with Representative Becker, the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate to ensure this legislation is passed.
And it gets better.
Dr. Terry Johnson, R-Lucasville, has sponsored Senate Bill 208, which would require a report to be created by the Ohio Department of Health for the abortionist to file if a baby is born alive during a botched abortion. More importantly, it would require the physicians to perform lifesaving treatment to the baby, as they would to any infant born alive under any other circumstances.
That’s fantastic, but I thought that’s what the Hippocratic Oath was for anyway.
The Oath written by Hippocrates is one of the oldest binding documents in history and is considered sacred to physicians. It contains the phrase, “First, do no harm.”
If a doctor takes that oath, then he or she must be willing to save a baby born alive after a botched abortion. But sadly, we must legislate this from the state house.
The abortion industry and its lobbyists have convinced some lawmakers and many citizens that terminating a life is healthcare. If an abortion goes wrong and the child is still born, then physicians must put the wants and desires ahead of the Hippocratic Oath and let the child die, according to Planned Parenthood.
This does not make sense and is the epitome of a cruel and senseless death.
What would the reaction be if we did that to a litter of cute puppies? There would be outrage. How could a person be so coldhearted as to let puppies die? There would be national media everywhere demanding answers and punishment.
We need to be outraged that Sen. Johnson even had to sponsor such a bill.
The Oath continues:
“Practice two things in your dealings with disease: either help or do not harm the patient.”
The oath is clear. If a child survives the abortion, then he or she becomes the patient. Doctors need to help them live and cause no more harm.
New York and Virginia will allow a child to die after a botched abortion if the mother so chooses, even after the child has breathed air into his or her lungs. Neither the parents, nor the doctor, should decide who lives and who dies.
Where is the outrage from the medical community?
Why doesn’t the media question this sacred promise that caregivers take?
Why isn’t life valued as much as it should be? It is in Ohio.
Del Duduit is an award-winning writer and author who lives in Lucasville, Ohio with his wife, Angie. They attend Rubyville Community Church. He is represented by Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency.