onlytheycreate (onlytheycreate) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Celebrities React to Anti-Abortion Bills In Mississippi & Ohio In Wave Attacking Reproductive Rights

– One anti-abortion bill has passed in Missisippi (but was temporarily blocked by a federal judge) while an even worse one is gathering support in Ohio.
– Two Republican Ohio Lawmakers have introduced Housebill 565 that would outright ban all abortion in the state, including cases of rape, incest, or when the pregnant life is in danger. The bill makes an "unborn human" a person under Ohio's criminal code regarding murder, manslaughter and homocide, and allows for wrongful death lawsuits.
– Rep. Ron Hood (R), one of the bill's sponsors, said it would be up to the prosecutur to decide what punishment to seek and who to charge. This means pregnant women seeking abortions could be charged with a crime. Lawmakers also hope this bill will be rejected on consitutional grounds so they can appeal and make the Ohio Supreme Court review their past decisions on abortion, or the Supreme Court itself potentially overturning Roe vs. Wade. Eighteen co-sponsors, marking twenty, currently support the bill. Ohio lawmakers have passed twenty anti-abortion restrictions since 2010.
– Hood said: "I believe life begins at conception so the goal of this bill is to first of all continue to get the word out that life does begin at conception and move the debate in that direction, and to protect unborn Ohioans from being aborted." Rep. Nino Vitale (R), said the absence of exceptions for the mother's life is to "save them both" and claimed the bill still provides immunity for physicians who directly/indirectly cause the death of a fetus. He (Vitale) also said, "Life isn't always giving us things by our choice and I don't want to put a woman through a second trauma after she's been through such an awful first one."
– NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said the bill would allow doctors to be charged with murder, punishable by life in person or the death penalty. Executive Director Kellie Copeland said in a statement, "Anti-choice extremists from the Ohio Statehouse to the White House are lining up their dominoes to topple Roe v. Wade and punish those who seek or provide abortion care."The bill is still gathering support. But in another state, earlier...
– Less then a day before the bill in Ohio was introduced, Mississippi passed Housebill 1510, banning nearly all abortions after 15 weeks. This bill also includes no exceptions for incest or rape. The only exceptions are if there are health problems with the fetus, making it incompatiable with life at full term, or if the mother's life or "major bodily function" is threatened by the pregnancy.
– Mississippi has the highest infant mortality and premature death rates in the country, with the worst child clinical care and highest teen pregnancy. The bill was passsed by Republican Governor Phil Bryant, who promised in 2014 that, “[his] goal is to end abortion in Mississippi.” The state has only abortion clinic, the Jackson Women's Health Organization.
– The Center for Reproductive Rights sued to block the bill, saying it violates constitutional precedent – and on March 20th U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves blocked the bill for ten days. This will allow time for the court to consider further action.
– Ohio and Missisippi aren't alone – states like South Dakota don't have any clinics that allow for second-term abortions at all. In 2013, Arkansas attempted an abortion ban at 12 weeks. Mississippi now has the most strict abortion limit in the country while Ohio's bill looms, but another limit is on the horizon...
– Kentucky legislature is currently looking at Housebill 454, an 11 week ban for abortions that involve "bodily dismemberment, crushing, or human vivisection of the unborn child" (While this is referencing D&E - dilation and evacuation abortions, versus more common vacuum aspiration ones – the language is vague, which could make a dangerous precedent even worse).
– Pro-life Democrat incumbent Dan Lipinksi won the Illinois primary against progressive newcomer Marie Newman Tuesday night. Lipinksi is the pro-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and was endorsed by his party. He was supported by the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List.

ONTD, how would you persecute anti-abortion law makers? (If you live in any of these states, please call and email your representatives)

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Tags: celebrity reactions, feminism / social issues, models, orange is the new black (netflix), politics

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