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Friday, November 9, 2012

Buckeyes for governmental intrusion

Two days since the election, an election in which Ohioans indicated their majority support for women's reproductive rights and personal choice by a 56 to 39% margin. I never, or rarely ever name names but can't tell you how many of my republican cohorts have recently told me that the GOP wasn't about to try to halt either abortion or contraception. Forget the social issues, Robert. Why didn't I understand that the important thing today was the economy?

Today, the Ohio GOP introduced the so called Heartbeat Bill H.B. 125 in the State Senate. This bill is so extreme that even the pro life groups wouldn't initially endorse it, fearing it would get shot down in the Supreme Court. The bill would ban all abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected, without exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother. Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond) told The Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday that the Senate plans to reconsider the bill in a lame duck session that begins next week.

On Oct. 12th, Gov. John Kasich (R) appointed Ohio Right to Life board chair Marshall Pitchford to the committee in charge of choosing someone to fill a new vacancy on the Ohio Supreme Court, and he appointed Mike Gonidakis, the head of Ohio Right to Life, to the Ohio State Medical Board. There is also an ongoing effort in Ohio to defund Planned Parenthood.

It will take more than pandering to hispanics to save the GOP. The party needs to stop trying to tell and legislate what other people can or can not do with their lives and bodies. So pardon my skepticism. As Bob Dylan once so famously said, I don't believe you.

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