Friday, April 22, 2011
Seven Anti-Choice Bills Pending in Ohio Legislature
Dayton Daily News: Abortion battle heats up in Ohio, nation, by Mary McCarty:
Timing could be the key factor as to whether Ohio’s “fetal heartbeat bill” eventually presents a Supreme Court challenge to Roe v. Wade.
House Bill 125 is one of the most controversial of the flood of 374 anti-abortion bills pending in state legislatures across the country.
“Any of these new efforts to restrict abortion is likely to be challenged in the Supreme Court,” noted Susan Low Bloch, professor of criminal law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. “It’s mainly a question of which are decided and when.”
What isn’t in question is that anti-abortion activists are working harder than ever to overthrow Roe v. Wade. HB 125 would require a doctor to check if the fetus has a heartbeat before performing an abortion. If a heartbeat is detected, an abortion would be prohibited, except to preserve the life or health of the mother. . . .