Ohio Abortion Ban Bill Reintroduced, No Clear Support from State “Pro-Life” Group

Excerpts from “Ohio Bill to Ban Abortion Gets Mixed Support from Pro-Life Groups”
By Hilary White, – 7/13/07

Rep. Tom Brinkman (R), noted throughout his political career for his strong pro-life stand, has re-introduced a bill in the Ohio legislature that proposes to ban abortion in the state except to save the life of the mother.

Brinkman told media that he hoped his comprehensive abortion ban would aid efforts to overturn the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973.

Although Ohio Governor Ted Strickland supported the partial-birth abortion ban in Congress, his spokesman said he would veto a total ban.

“It’s always the proper time to do right. You continue to bring them out until it’s finally done. Persist on the goal, which is to ban abortion. That has always been the goal of the pro-life movement: ban abortion,” Harrington said.

His comments come in response to the lack of support from Ohio Right to Life, an affiliate of National Right to Life, whose spokesman, Denise Mackura, told the Columbus Dispatch, “With the governor that we have, I don’t think there is any possibility of getting a ban passed”.

Harrington objects to Right to Life’s stand on practical grounds as well. He is concerned that claiming that such attempts are futile gives legislators the excuse they need to claim to be pro-life while doing nothing about it.

Such an attitude, he said, “basically gives cover enabling legislators not to move or vote on this bill. I’d say it’s worth doing just so we know who will get behind it. Let’s find out who is and is not pro-life.”

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