Unsettling heartbeat: Legislation that does not belong on the Ohio House floor

Janet Folger Porter has made plain her purpose in pressing forward with the so-called heartbeat bill in the state legislature.  The director of Faith2Action wants to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling of 38 years ago. She is not impressed that the U.S. Supreme Court more recently returned to the question and ultimately established as settled law the right of a woman to have an abortion.

In its reaffirmation, the high court held that lawmakers could apply restrictions as long as they did not place an undue burden on the right to choose. That caution points to the first and most glaring problem with the legislation Porter supports and an Ohio House committee narrowly approved last week.

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Published: 04.06.11| Updated: 04.06.11



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