Defending The Defenseless: Ohio Senate Passes 20 Week Abortion Ban

The United States is only one of seven countries that permits abortions after 20 weeks. The gruesome and violent killing of these children is seen as unacceptable by the vast majority of Americans, yet the practice continues. At this gestational stage, it is known that a baby can feel pain. Yet, a mother and her doctor can claim “a choice,” despite this fact, leaving a child in extreme pain for the final moments of his life as he is being destroyed because he is perceived to be nothing more than an inconvenience.

The Ohio Senate took a big step yesterday to remove Ohio off the list of places that allow these children to be sacrified, such as North Korea and China. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (SB 127) passed along party lines. Senator Peggy Lehner is a primary sponsor of the bill and she made a succinct point about how this legislation is common sense for anyone with compassion for the youngest of us without a voice.

“Is it too much to ask that we show any less concern for an innocent baby as they suffer excruciating pain as their life is taken at the hands of an abortionist?”

Many people who consider themselves pro-choice still are opposed to late term abortion. According to a recent poll, 84% of Americans approve banning these types of abortions. This is a unifying issue. Even with this high a percentage of people in favor of a ban, every Democrat in the Senate voted no. This reflects how beholden the Democrats are to the abortion lobby to fill their campaign coffers.

A new study points that some babies born at 22 weeks are able to survive with few health problems. Couple this with the fact that these children can feel pain and it appears we have a serious ethical dilemma that requires soul searching.

Currently, Ohio has a late term abortion ban at 24 weeks. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would roll that back four more weeks and have consequences for doctors who didn’t follow the law.  Physicians would be committing a fourth degree felony if they ended the lives of these children.

Ohio Right to Life supports this legislation. In a press release, Executive Director Stephanie Krider thanks the Senate for defending innocent lives that most countries realize have value.

“With the Ohio Senate, we are leading Ohio down a historic path that is redefining the abortion debate in America,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “With this momentous vote, the Ohio Senate just approved legislation that will help Ohio catch up to the international community’s restrictions on abortion. Ohio Right to Life is grateful to Senate President Keith Faber, Chairwoman Shannon Jones, and bill sponsors Peggy Lehner and Jay Hottinger for their tremendous pro-life leadership on this legislation.”

In this current age of heightened sensitivity to how others feel and what offends them, it is amazing that this debate even needs to occur.  The extreme left and the dissenting nine Senators are more concerned with hurting someone’s feelings than with the feeling of extreme pain these children feel as their lives are being taken.

The Ohio Senate recognizes these children need protection that the current law does not afford. If a child is born at this stage, it is obvious to his medical professionals and parents that he certainly can feel pain. So, how can anyone justify dismembering them in the name of choice?

According to the Department of Health, almost every day a child at this stage of life is terminated.  Hopefully the Ohio House will quickly take up this legislation and send it over to Governor Kasich to sign. Those babies can’t wait another day.