Ohio Diary #3: 9 Week Old Fetus To Testify

Today Ohio Anti-abortion activists, Janet Folger Porter, will present ‘youngest’ witness ‘ever’ to testify for Abortion Bill 125: A Fetus.  Testimony before a committee usually requires the witness to be sworn in, take an oath.  I wonder how that went.

For the first time in a committee hearing, legislators will be able to see and hear the beating heart of a baby in the womb-just like the ones the Heartbeat Bill will protect. Janet Folger Porter, President of Faith2Action, former Legislative Director of Ohio Right to Life, and co-chair of Mike Huckabee’s Faith and Family Values Coalition.

Two in-utero babies will appear live before the committee by an ultrasound projector which is able to not only show that baby’s moving arms and legs, but also display-in-color-the baby’s beating heart. When  passed, the Heartbill Bill will insure that once that heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected.  Janet Folger Porter.

Ohio Right to Life and the right-wing advocacy group Faith2Action are going to absurd lengths for the sake of promotion.  The bill is the most sever anti-abortion in any state legislature. This bill would “prohibit women from ending pregnancies at the first detectable heartbeat.”

A doctor who breaks the law could be found guilty of a fifth-degree felony, punishable by one year in prison and a $2500 fine. The mother would not be charged.  Why not? Is she not also guilty of violating the law, should it pass, as the doctor?  So, in reality a woman can have an abortion without consequence, but the doctor will be punished.  This bill,  is just one of five abortion related pieces of legislation introduced within one week. It clearly challenges Roe v. Wade mandate under which a woman has the right to abort a fetus until it is ‘viable’, meaning that it is potentially able to live outside the mother’s womb, even though with artificial aid. “It is only at the point of viability – usually at about seven months that states can restrict abortion.”

It would be hoped that in Ohio, Republicans would have the courage to defeat this bill[s] as they did in Wyoming.  Wyoming is most Republican state in the union.  They defeated not one, but two anti-abortion bills. These bills both had an ‘ultra-sound’ provision where doctors were to inform patients that could view ultra-sound images of their fetuses before the procedure.

Rep Lisa Shepperson, R-Casper, said:

My point is simple: What we have works. When I go to the doctor, it is the most private thing you can imagine. I want myself, I want my husband, and I want my doctor there. I don’t want any government. Keep government where it should be and out of the doctors’ office.

Rep Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, said:

If the intention is to offer women some information, why can’t that be provided over the phone?” Why can’t that be provided on the day that she travels across the state? It seems to that the only reason that’s put in place is to make it more difficult.

What this bill does is say that, as a woman I am not smart enough to know the decision that I am making. That somehow the state is required in this particular decision where are required in no other medical decision.

As I said both bills failed, in the most Republican state in the union. But in Ohio we have real loony tunes running the show  Her name is Janet Folger Porter.  She insists on making a ludicrous spectacle of herself at every opportunity.  For her this is a mission from God.

She organized a “May Day prayer rally” at the Lincoln Memorial to promote her “dominion” theology – “the idea that Christians are called to take complete control over every aspect of human life in order to bring about the return of Christ.” There is something called “7 Mountains” theology that sets out seven specific aspects of the national culture that Christians are supposed to retake.”

Wikipedia defines it in this way:

Dominion Theology is a grouping of theological systems with the common belief that society should be governed exclusively by the law of God as codified in the Bible; to the exclusion of secular law. The two main streams of Dominion Theology are Christian Reconstructionism and Kingdom Now Theology. Though these two differ greatly in their general theological orientation, they share a postmillenial vision in which the kingdom of God will be established on Earth through political means and [in some cases] even military means.

Dominion Theology is seen by some as a subset of Dominionism, a term used by some social scientists and journalists to describe a theological form of political ideology, which they claim has broadly influenced the Christian Right in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

It is the real policies of the Republican party:  Religion and Guns.

The old democratic party would never have allowed this assault of women. Not on a national or state level. The new democratic party has remained silent and allowed the attack on women’s rights. They have enabled the Big Government conservatives and teabaggers I remember a democratic party that stood up for its principles and rights of not just women, but all Americans. Where have they gone.

The Republicans promised us small government and jobs.  They offer of government intrusion which means big government and unemployment.

But then, Lying is Okay if you are lying for Jesus.

 

 

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