Within hours of Mississippi passing a 15-week abortion ban, Ohio lawmakers introduced a bill that would ban *all* abortions, including in cases of rape and incest and to save a woman’s life. It’s written such that women could face charges. https://t.co/rWn6xPpglT pic.twitter.com/293TnydQug— Lauren Kelley (@lauren_kelley) March 20, 2018
– 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.
Unconstitutional. I can’t believe this is real. https://t.co/lJOODcJJ0A— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) March 22, 2018
Mississippi has ONE abortion clinic. One abortion clinic in the entire state.— Rhea Butcher 🇵🇷 (@RheaButcher) March 19, 2018
Imagine if there was only ONE dentist in an entire state.
Or one orthopedic surgeon.
⚡️ “Mississippi governor signs nation's strictest abortion policy into law”https://t.co/Wp57iRxFBD
This makes me so sad. Mississippi also has the highest teen pregnancy rates too. We aren’t taught Sex Ed in school and our access to contraception is difficult and they STILL don’t see an issue with making it harder to have an abortion?? https://t.co/fQO082G4WK— Tess Holliday 🥀 (@Tess_Holliday) March 20, 2018
A Federal Court Has Blocked Mississippi’s 15-Week Abortion Ban https://t.co/emNZ3WMXX1— Russ Rankin (@russrankinNJD) March 21, 2018
Judge blocks Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks https://t.co/fDTnoJIO2M— alysia reiner (@alysiareiner) March 22, 2018
This is dangerous and unconstitutional. The women of Mississippi should have access locally to safe and legal options. https://t.co/77ccWsLB13— Bridget Moynahan (@bridgetmoynahan) March 20, 2018
yup, its still the dark ages in Mississippi, for women anyway.— Kristin Bauer (@BauervanStraten) March 9, 2018
Gov. Phil Bryant (R-Miss.) says he is “saving the unborn,” but abortion rights advocates say Mississippi’s restrictive ban will hurt low-income women and children and threaten Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/LVq3onnjmv
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) March 20, 2018
On the same day that Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signed a bill into law officially banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, two Republican lawmakers in Ohio are proposing legislation that could ban abortions completely in the state. https://t.co/jRxDq6kI64— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) March 20, 2018
mississippi's 15-week abortion ban was quite literally written by a hate group and is an overt attempt to further eliminate already clawed-back abortion access. 20-week bans punish a group which includes the most desperate pregnant people; 15-wk band expand the pool dramatically.— kill 💀 tim 💀 faust (@crulge) March 20, 2018
#Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that prevents women from getting #abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Pregnancies resulting from rape and incest aren't exempted. https://t.co/USttmGZqJB— Brittany Noble-Jones (@noblejonesontv) March 20, 2018
This is not only patently unconstitutional, it’s unsafe for patients needing abortion care, particularly in a state with some of the highest maternal mortality rates. Shame on the politicians of Mississippi.— Dr. Daniel Grossman (@DrDGrossman) March 19, 2018
Anti-abortion laws are dangerous to public health and women’s lives. https://t.co/hms5CV2FI8
Mississippi: passes most restrictive US abortion law to "protect women and children"— Salaam Bhatti (@salawm) March 9, 2018
- hasn't passed Medicaid Expansion, which would protect 1000s of women and children.
- rejected 90%+ of #TANF applicants, a program that protects women and children.
Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban is just one of a wave of new anti-abortion efforts https://t.co/XTeOJrbDKH— Anna North (@annanorthtweets) March 22, 2018
Mississippi's abortion ban has been called the "most restrictive in the nation"—but other states are already in the process of passing even harsher restrictions https://t.co/HfRDBbVQGT— Broadly (@broadly) March 22, 2018
Due to its incredibly lax gun laws, Mississippi had the 4th highest number of gun deaths per capita among states in 2016, and the highest rate of crime gun exports among states.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 19, 2018
But do go on about being pro-life... https://t.co/r8cwUWW0A7
Kevin D. Williamson once tweeted that women who have abortions should be executed, and The Atlantic just hired him https://t.co/sPNZKLih7c— Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) March 22, 2018
She was 13.— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) March 21, 2018
Prom. High school graduation. Her first job. Meeting her special someone. College.
These are all experiences, memories a gun took from her, her loved ones.
Gun reform isn’t about taking guns away. It’s about not taking people away.https://t.co/prbEs26fMf
Hey Ohioans. Here are the numbers to call the reps sponsoring Ohio’s recent ban on all abortions. If you think it’s a bad idea, please call and tell them. https://t.co/xAY5N57Mho— Celeste Ng (@pronounced_ing) March 22, 2018
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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