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Ohio has approved a controversial bill that bans abortion at the point which a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Representative, Christina Hagan, sponsor of what is called the “heartbeat bill” testified for it while wearing her twin infants in a sling across her chest.

“Motherhood isn’t easy but it’s necessary. It’s the reason every one of us are here today. It’s the reason every one of us have a living, beating heart,” Hagan said as her baby cried in the background.

Christina Hagan justified her belief by insinuating that forced childbirth is a necessity in ensuring the continuation of the human race.

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The bill bans abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape, incest or health of the woman.

Two other states have passed similar bans, and even some abortion opponents, like Ohio Right to Life, have questioned the bills’ constitutionality.

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  • There has been women who have attempted suicide during their pregnancy or tried to harm their unborn baby. One was on mental health watch in hospital for a month before her baby was born.

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  • It’s easy to say that you would never have an abortion but unless you’ve been pregnant from rape, been told your child can’t survive and carrying could be dangerous to you, have been pregnant and sick and without a termination you would both die, that your child has significant conditions and would only live a matter of hours in extreme pain. There are many other scenarios I could list. Maybe you would continue with the pregnancy but unless you have been there you can’t truly know.

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  • I would never have an abortion and don’t like the idea of it. But I do think it’s a choice, and something the person who does it has to live with. Rape, incest etc, I think that’s a different thing. How could you be reminded of that every day for the rest of your life?

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  • I don’t advocate abortion at all, quite the opposite but I’m aware that circumstances due to rape, potential harm to mother etc have to be looked at instead of a blanket band.

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  • The reason given in the article for the anti-abortion belief is strange; we are in a world where overpopulation is more problem than not continuing the species. The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is wrong, along with contraception (other than the rhythm method), because it violates the command ‘thou shall not kill’. Where do you draw the line? What does it mean to ‘kill’? I know where I would draw the line, but am more and more reluctant to say everyone should draw it in the same place.

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  • I myself am not pro abortion, but the question is in how far I think everyone should be of the same opinion. Forcing an opinion is not ok, not respectful, not helpful.

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  • I do believe that exceptions in the case of rape or incest should be taken into account – the mother’s health can sometimes be twisted to advantage so that would have to be seriously looked at as well, but I don’t believe that abortion should be as readily available as it is now. So many people wish to adopt children and are denied because there are very few children available for adoption.

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  • Abortion was not on the cards for me, but i was never in a position that i needed it. I know a few women whom did need to make that decision and I think we should all be supportive of choice. There are lots of circumstances that push women to face that difficult decision and i think it is their choice, not the governments.

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  • This is appalling. I love being a mum, but there are many reasons a womn might not want a baby. Someone forced to be a mother is unlikely to be a good one.

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  • I don’t agree with abortion but I do think it needs to be an option available for those who choose it. I think after 12 weeks it is a disgrace to allow it, but 6 weeks is a bit early, some women don’t even know they are pregnant at the 6 week mark. Hopefully it will encourage people to stop “risking it” when having sex.


    • “risking it”? These are the same states that want to teach “Just don’t have sex until you’re married” as sex-ed. Often with no education on what actually CAUSES pregnancy or what’s involved in sex. Keep that in mind when these topics come up

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  • My worry is the backyard abortions, which despite the law will still go ahead without any control.

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  • This is terrifying. But what makes it even more so is that it’s being spearheaded by a woman. She writes with empathy for the unborn child but where is the empathy and basic human right to bodily autonomy for the mother? This is a perfect example of why religion has no place in politics. Not every woman needs to be a mother, our planet has more than enough people on it. Forced birth is a frightening prospect. They won’t be banning abortions in Ohio. They’ll be banning SAFE abortions and endangering lives in the doing.


    • Thank you for your succinct comments. It is indeed terrifying and disturbing and may cause unsafe medical procedures to be performed. Women have a right to decide on their bodies and their lives.

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  • So the ones who are raped, invest etc not having a choice in keeping a baby or not is making the mother mentally unstable due to an unwanted pregnancy that she did not ask for it was forced upon. Suicidal rates will rise and the foster places will increase due to mothers not ready or disowning! But ones that have unprotected and knew the risks look after your dam child you knew it was happening!

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  • I think it’s wronf especially if its impending on your health, life or death and especially for rape and incest

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  • I do not believe in abortion just to get rid of the child/ren. Though if the mother’s health or the way the female became pregnant is a danger then this should be taken in to consideration. Three times I have been faced with this, twice for my health and because my child may not survived. Each time I weighted it up and made the decision myself and kept the pregnancy. My oldest daughter did come early and lived for an hour. I had cancer with one but decided to wait and my age went against for the last being 51 years old with twins. I hope this law does not go world wide.


    • Aw bless, you’ve gone through much !

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