Anti-Abortion Bill Divides GOP in Ohio

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Rick Santorum greets fellow anti-abortion demonstrators during a rally on the National Mall. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

In Ohio, one of the main battleground states for the Super Tuesday primaries, the so-called "heartbeat" bill is dividing lines Republican candidates. The heartbeat bill, if passed later this year, will ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can occur as early as five-and-a-half weeks. The bill also contains no exceptions for abortion in the case of rape, incest or the health of the mother. Rick Santorum has thrown his weight behind the bill while Mitt Romney has stayed silent on the issue.

Michael Gonidakis is president of Ohio Right to Life.

Jo Ingles is a reporter for Ohio Public Radio.


Michael Gonidakis and Jo Ingles

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Kristen Meinzer

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I'd request that Kristen Meinzer explain her Tweet:

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So Kristen Meinzer thinks it is funny; "abortion abortion abortion republican divisions abortion..." Then linking to this story's web page.

I suppose, that if all that The Takeaway wishes to cover with respect to Republicans are social issues, that is how it will appear. Ms. Meinzer: I could Tweet the exact same phrase back to you, as my cirticism of your program's coverage of Republicans, and those same words would have the exact opposite meaning.

Ann Coulter did one of her usual fabulous columns on this subject, writing (in favor of Mitt Romney and in opposition to Rick Santorum):

"Even when I agree with Rick Santorum, listening to him argue the point almost makes me change my mind.

"I also wonder why he's running for president, rather than governor, when the issues closest to his heart are family-oriented matters about which the federal government can, and should, do very little.

"It's strange that Santorum doesn't seem to understand the crucial state-federal divide bequeathed to us by the framers of our Constitution, inasmuch as it is precisely that difference that underlies his own point that states could ban contraception.


"The Constitution mostly places limits on what the federal government can do. Only in a few instances does it restrict what states can do.

"A state cannot, for example, infringe on the people's right to bear arms or to engage in the free exercise of religion. A state can't send a senator to the U.S. Congress if he is under 30 years old. But with rare exceptions, the Constitution leaves states free to govern themselves as they see fit.

"In New York City, they can have live sex clubs and abortion on demand, but no salt or smoking sections. In Tennessee, they can ban abortion, but have salt, creches and 80 mph highways. At least that's how it's supposed to work.

"And yet when Santorum tried to explain why states could ban contraception to Bill O'Reilly back in January, not once did he use the words "Constitution," "constitutionally," "federalism," their synonyms or derivatives. Lawyers who are well familiar with the Constitution had no idea what Santorum was talking about.

"He genuinely does not seem to understand the Constitution's federalist framework, except as a brief talking point on the way to saying states can ban contraception. Otherwise, he wouldn't keep claiming, falsely, that Obamacare is the same as Romneycare."

Brilliant; quite unlike Rick Santorum. Things will be better when we have a real debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama about the national economy, economic growth, basic liberties and freedom, the size of government and the size of the national debt, the projection of American power internaionally... and not abortion.

Mar. 01 2012 08:40 PM

The segment of our population that demands that the government stay out of the lives of its citizens is the same segment that wants to force women to get pregnant and stay pregnant whether they want to or not.

Why does America hate women?

Mar. 01 2012 10:09 AM
sherri from pittsburgh

Please Republicans, stay out of the business of what a woman should do or not do with their bodies; there are more important things to worry about in this country

Mar. 01 2012 09:42 AM
Ed from Larchmont

We need to re-educate our hearts and minds so that we would not think of abortion, and men would support women, just as today no one would think of slavery today, when once they did.

Mar. 01 2012 09:18 AM

If abortion becomes illegal in the US, will we then need to screen all US women citizens leaving the US to determine if they are pregnant and then prevent them from leaving - lest they have an abortion in a country where it's legal?

Basically would it be ok for women with the financial means to leave the US to get an abortion, while those without must remain to continue the pregnency?

Mar. 01 2012 07:34 AM

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