Abortion Activists Condemn Patient-Protective Legislation

Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it. —Dave Barry

We expect patient safety and full medical information with surgical procedures. Yet abortion activists are fomenting hysteria about provisions in the Ohio budget that increase such protections for women and their unborn children.

The majority of Americans do not want their tax funding to support an abortion provider. Thus one budget provision prioritizes limited tax funds in several entitlement programs, to be distributed to organizations such as local health departments and community action agencies before abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

Government funds are not to cover abortion, but funds granted Planned Parenthood for non-abortion programs frees funds for its abortion agenda. Regardless, many taxpayers oppose any funding to an entity that participates in a practice they know to be devastating to women, and lethal for their babies.

As in other states, abortion centers in Ohio are classified as ambulatory surgical facilities. Ohio ambulatory surgical facilities must have a transfer agreement with a local hospital to cover any patient emergencies that may arise.

Under another budget provision, no public tax-funded hospital using citizens’ money—such as a state university hospital or state medical college hospital—may enter into a written transfer agreement with an ambulatory surgical facility where abortion on demand is performed or induced.

This provision also strikes a previous Ohio Department of Health variance (exception), so that a public hospital may no longer permit a doctor with professional privileges at that hospital to substitute their privileges for an abortion provider’s written transfer agreement. Doctors who do not even know a patient cannot competently address her abortion emergency.[1]

Finally, unlike Ohio’s proposed Human Heartbeat Protection Act, or “Heartbeat Bill,” which protects babies with a detectable heartbeat from abortion, another provision merely enhances Ohio’s existing informed consent statute, so that a woman is to be told before an abortion that her baby has a heartbeat.[2]  Yet abortion supporters even object to women hearing this fact.

If we were to have hip surgery, we would be told the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of this procedure, as well as the specialists, follow-up, medication, and more. Women are led to believe that an abortion is like having a tooth removed, and often learn too late that it is far more serious.

The funding appropriations of the Ohio budget went into effect immediately upon Governor Kasich signing the bill June 30th. The statutory aspects, including these abortion restrictions, are scheduled for 90 days later, near the end of September.

At the time of this printing, whether or not pro-abortion activists in Ohio are planning protest and legal action remains to be seen. But similar pro-life measures in Texas have been subject to pro-abortion fury, and major news outlets gave shameless biased coverage to pro-abortion Texas Senator Wendy Davis as she filibustered to keep women ignorant and uninformed.

None of Ohio’s pro-life budget provisions end abortion. They are simply some assurances that abortion-minded women know better the choice they are making, increase their safety, and are also a wiser use of taxpayer funds.

Yet abortion activists prefer to stomp on true women’s rights—to keep them in the dark about abortion’s deadly nature, and support shoddy care and careless abortionists—shamelessly lobbying to keep the womb the most dangerous place for children to inhabit.

Featured-ColumnistPaula Westwood is Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, board member for Ohio ProLife Action, and weekly pro-life news contributor for the Son Rise Morning Show, broadcast nationally via Sacred Heart Radio/EWTN (513/728-7870, pwestwood@cincinnatirighttolife.org).

All opinions expressed belong solely to their authors and may not be construed as the opinions of other writers or of OCR staff.

A condensed version of this content appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, July 12, 2013, and is reprinted for Ohio Conservative Review with the author’s permission.

[1] For in-depth information on the ambulatory surgical facility budget provision, see read “Ohio Protects Late Term Abortionist” on Ohio Conservative Review.

[2] Related on OCR: “One Heartbeat Away: What Happened to the Ohio Heartbeat Bill?”



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