The Ohio state Senate recently passed the pro-life bill 18 to 13 that would make it illegal to perform abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The state Senate approved House Bill 258 only after the addition of a few amendments that would allow for abortions be performed later in pregnancy. The original bill proposed that abortion be illegal after fetal heartbeat is detected with a transvaginal ultrasound, which is about 6 weeks. “However, senators changed the bill to clarify that transvaginal ultrasounds weren’t required and that other forms of heartbeat detection technology could be used. In abdominal ultrasounds, the other common imaging technology, heartbeats are detected at around 12 weeks”, according to Cleveland.com.
The state House now has to approve the final version and it is expected to pass. While Governor John Kasich says he will veto the heartbeat bill, the potential for a veto override by the state legislature is unsure. Fortunately, if Kasich vetos the bill, “Gov.-elect Mike DeWine, who takes office in January, said he would sign it”, stated LifeNews.
Of course, pro-death advocates are labeling the bill as “dangerous” (interesting word choice) for women’s reproductive rights. Ohio NARAL Deputy Director, Jamie Miracle says, “it lacks safeguards to make sure pregnant women have options to protect their health due to the standard put forth in the bill” as reported by Statehouse News. Where the safeguard is for the baby in utero, Miracle couldn’t care less.
This proposed bill comes after 9 other states proposed the same bill with Iowa having the strictest abortion laws in the nation. Making it illegal to have an abortion after 6 weeks, when a heartbeat can be detected, many states have attempted to follow Iowa’s lead on the sanctity of life.
DC Catholic Archbishop to Give Joe Biden Communion Despite Radical Pro-Abortion Views
Supporting abortion is a mortal sin.
Wilton Gregory, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington DC, announced that he would not prevent Democrat Joe Biden from receiving communion at Catholic churches, regardless of the Democrat’s uncompromising support of abortion.
“The kind of relationship that I hope we will have is a conversational relationship where we can discover areas where we can cooperate that reflect the social teachings of the church, knowing full well that there are some areas where we won’t agree,” Gregory said. “They are areas where the church’s position is very clear,” said the bishop, who is the first African-American cardinal in the history of the church. Gregory was speaking to the Catholic News Service on November 24th.
“I hope it’s a real dialogue, because I think that’s the mantra of Pope Francis — that we should be a church in dialogue, even with those with whom we have some serious disagreements,” Gregory continued.
“It’s not a matter of confusion,” said Gregory. “On my part, it’s a matter of the responsibility that I have as the archbishop to be engaged and to be in dialogue with him, even in those areas where we obviously have some differences.”
Catholic clergy and laity have debated the premise of allowing pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality politicians to receive communion for years, with the issue often dividing more conservative and liberal members of the church.
Wilton Gregory was made into a Catholic cardinal this week in a ceremony in the Vatican. He’s been described as one of the most liberal senior prelates in the American church hierarchy, banning parishioners from carrying concealed weapons as Archbishop of Atlanta in 2014. He frequently assailed President Donald Trump, arguing that pro-American immigration policy deviated from the principles of the Catholic religion.
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