The Ohio Senate finds itself in a place Ronald Reagan called “A Time for Choosing” — the title of his famous speech. The choice before these Republicans? Life or death. If the Senate passes the “heartbeat bill,” as the House did a year ago, it will save from abortion every child whose heartbeat can be heard — 26,000 Ohio babies each year.
Yet, the Republican-controlled Senate, which claims to be the most pro-life Senate in history, refuses to vote on the most protective bill in Ohio history, a bill that would protect more babies than all of Ohio’s other pro-life laws combined, a bill with more pro-life support than any other bill of its kind.
After a series of excuses, the Ohio Senate now claims it should preemptively kill the heartbeat bill because the court “might” find it “unconstitutional.” I heard the very same thing when I lobbied to pass Ohio’s laws on informed consent, parental consent and the nation’s first ban on partial-birth abortions, all now on our books. All were challenged and later upheld. If we had followed the advice of the naysayers and done nothing, brutal partial-birth abortions would still be legally practiced in our state.
But because the Ohio General Assembly was not afraid to lead, 30 states and Congress followed Ohio, and the Supreme Court eventually said “yes.” It is Roe v. Wade that is in violation of our Constitution. The Ohio Senate didn’t swear to uphold Roe v. Wade; its members swore to uphold and defend the Constitution, which contains the due process clause of the 14th Amendment.
That 14th Amendment is also mentioned in another prominent document: the Republican Party Platform, which “assert[s] the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life.”
Now is the time for Ohio Senate to choose: Either they stand by the Republican platform and call for the protection of unborn children with an immediate floor vote on the heartbeat bill, or admit they are Republican In Name Only and are content with merely regulating abortion.
I encourage them to choose life, stand by the Constitution, the Republican platform and their pro-life campaign promises and bring the heartbeat Bill to an immediate floor vote. “There is no cause more important,” Reagan said.
Janet L. Porter
Editor’s note: The writer is the former legislative director of Ohio Right to Life, a former Ohio Republican State Central Committeewoman and president of Faith2Action.
Review GOP’s record before Election Day
The electorate deserves a thorough review of the recent Republican record before voting in November.
Consider that the party offered a group of candidates for the nomination that included: a clone of Sarah Palin; a reality-disadvantaged, anti-government representative of no known accomplishment; a predator with roving hands who had apparently never read a newspaper; a clone of George W. Bush, only dumber; an aging political hack who wants to colonize the moon; an evangelical who would legislate and impose his religion on a diverse, heterogeneous American public; a flip-flopping spinner who falsely claims credit for bailing out General Motors; and a true conservative with administrative experience and a sense of reality — but he got ignored.
Also consider an agenda of saying “no” to any proposal by President Obama, even if it reflects the Republican Party’s own policy; pledging to kill a health-care program even though it reflects the most positive accomplishment of Mitt Romney as governor of Massachusetts; and spending millions of dollars to spin misrepresentations of Obama’s policies.
The party has a Senate leader whose primary goal is to make the president a failure; a House leader who, after forging a realistic debt-reduction and spending bill, could not deliver his own party; and a possible candidate for vice president, Sen. Rob Portman, who was George W. Bush’s budget director.
The party’s “let’s play chicken” move led to a downgrade of the nation’s credit. It has a cadre of irresponsible, reality-starved, anti-tax, anti-government zealots, a three-year record of foot-dragging and a do-nothing legislative agenda, an “I can create jobs” slogan with no record of knowing how to do it, and a seven-year record of overspending. The party left two unfunded, unnecessary wars and budget-busting tax cuts for the benefit of its cronies.
Can a responsible electorate vote for Republicans and repeat the disaster of 2010?
C. Richard Weaver
Politics is about self-interest, always has been and always will be. That recently has been demonstrated to be true. An individual files for an elective office, city council, state representative or state office, such as treasurer. He or she seeks your support, your campaign donation and, most important, your vote. He or she wins the election, but before understanding the job, files to run for another office, self-interest superseding the committment made when asking for your vote.
In Green, we have seen a newly elected City Council person not complete his term while running for another office, a newly elected state representative leave that job to take an appointed position and a newly elected state treasurer begin running for the U.S. Senate within months of his swearing in. If you cannot live up to your commitment, do not ask for my support again. If you can’t make the commitment, please do not ask for my vote. It really isn’t all about you.
Voters are not taking it out on the kids. The state’s method of funding schools was ruled unconstitutional, but legislators won’t fix it.