'Pro-Life' Lawmaker Writes Bill That Punishes Abortion Providers With Death
Anyone performing an abortion in Ohio would be subject to the death penalty under House Bill 413, a bill proposed by anti-abortion groups and more than 20 Republican lawmakers, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Under the new ban, a fetus would legally be recognized as a person, and those performing an abortion could be charged with aggravated murder. The only exception is when the life of the woman is in danger, but the Ohio Revised Code says that offenders “shall suffer death or be imprisoned for life.”
One of the main sponsors of the bill, Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown), said in a statement, “The time for regulating evil and compromise is over. The time has come to abolish abortion in its entirety and recognize that each individual has the inviolable and inalienable right to life.”
Yet abortion right supporters were quick to draw strong condemnation.
“Every abortion ban and medically dubious regulation shares the same goal as this bill -- to outlaw abortion and strip Ohioans of their reproductive freedoms,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland.
House Democratic leader Emilia Sykes of Akron said, “This latest abortion ban from exteme, right-wing lawmakers is the most brazen and absurd attempt yet to deny Ohio women their fundamental freedoms, to interfere with the patient-doctor relationship and disproportionately target communities of color across Ohio.”
Stephanie Ranade Krider, the Ohio Right to Life vice president and executive director said, “We sympathize with those who feel frustrated by how long it’s taken even to get to this point -- it was two yers ago that pain-capable babies became protected by the law in the womb. [The state group] has been working to defend life and end aboriton for over 50 years, but we believe that heartbeat bill before the courts now is the best vehicle to overturn Roe, and we will be watching carefully as it progresses in the courts.”