This news article was originally published in Secular Prolife on April 3, 2023 and was written by Kelsey Hazzard. It is reprinted here with permission.
As hundreds of thousands of preborn children are being saved from death in the Dobbs era, the abortion industry and its allies are punching back. They are in a rush to enshrine abortion into state constitutions before voters can adjust to the new normal and realize that the sky isn’t falling. Sadly, pro-life advocates have been outspent so far. Abortion supporters are not above using the proceeds of crypto fraud to advance their deadly agenda, as happened in Michigan.
Their newest target is Ohio, where an extreme pro-abortion proposal is in the signature-gathering phase. The ballot initiative contains broad language that Ohio “shall not, directly or indirectly, burden, penalize, prohibit, interfere with, or discriminate against” abortion before viability. This would strip the right to life from thousands of babies who might otherwise be protected by Ohio’s heartbeat law (which is currently tied up in court).
In addition, a prohibition on any abortion burden — not just an “undue” burden, which was the pre-Dobbs standard — would doubtless eliminate many common-sense laws that enjoy popular support, such as parental consent for pregnant minors who seek an abortion and the 24-hour waiting period. It would also force taxpayer funding of abortion, which Dr. Michael New estimates would kill 9,000 Ohio babies at a cost of $4,000,000 every year. The proposed constitutional amendment would also require late, post-viability abortions, without regard to fetal pain, as long as the abortionist can invent a “health” reason to justify them.
Pro-life and pro-woman advocates have formed a coalition under the name “Protect Women Ohio” to educate the public about the consequences of this disastrous proposal. They have already committed to a $5 million ad campaign, which is a good start, but the abortion lobby is promising to spend up to $30 million.
You can help by telling your Ohio friends and family not to sign any ballot petitions. The proposal will only appear on the November ballot if it receives at least “413,446 valid signatures from at least 44 counties by July 5,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
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