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Ohio Abortion Bill

Submitted by on July 23, 2009 – 9:03 am6 Comments

Ohio Abortion Bill

As I sat down to write my first story for the Family/Health section of The Goddess Within web/mag, many thoughts ran through my mind. With so many things going on in health care reform, global women’s health, and the price of contraceptives, it was hard to choose a topic for a first article. Until I read an article about this: 


An Ohio legislator, Representative John Adams (R-78), is filing a bill that would force a pregnant woman to get a man’s permission before obtaining an abortion. Now, we already have parental notification laws in 10 states and parental consent laws in 22 (2 of which require both parents’ consent). There are many other blockades to abortion access such as mandatory waiting periods, viewing the ultrasound, and scripted counseling. But Rep. Adams is again introducing a bill, which was defeated in 2007, to not only block access but to also demean women’s authority over their own bodies. 


Ohio House Bill 252 would require the written consent of the biological father before a pregnant woman can obtain a termination. Adams, in a newspaper interview, states that in cases where the mother does not know who the father is, the abortion would be prohibited. His feeling is that, “There is a merit to chastity, and to young men and women waiting until marriage.” Of course, this law would apply to both married and unmarried women. What about the woman who’s husband keeps her in an abusive relationship by controlling her fertility? Too bad for her. And if he won’t sign the consent waiver, will he be required to help raise the child?


What about women who have been victims of rape? If the bill is filed as it was in 2007, the pregnant female would have to present a police report “proving” that she had been raped before being able to terminate the pregnancy. This is a problem for many reasons. Women who have been raped have experienced enough harassment, guilt, sadness, and a rollercoaster of many other emotions. There are countless stores of police victim-blaming when a woman reports a rape (which I have seen for myself). Also, the earlier in a pregnancy the abortion is preformed, the safer and less expensive it is. Who will pay for the rape kit? The DNA testing? The termination, if granted? Surely not the rapist.


What we see here is another male legislator, who presumably will never be forced to decide whether or not to keep a pregnancy, forcing his morals upon women in his state. Next time you go to the polls, check out the nominees’ backgrounds; do your research. Anti-choice and invasion-of-privacy bills are filed all of the time, in every state and in our nation’s capitol. Wherever you stand on the issue of abortion, I think that we as women can agree that we should make the best choices for ourselves and our own bodies. Not some man in Congress who doesn’t have a uterus.


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  • Alissa says:

    Excellent points. It is unfortunate that someone who’s sex will never have to choice has so muc say in the opposite sex’s choice. This is somethign everyone needs to think about, regardless of their gender. Thank you for bringing this subject to light in a factual and thought provoking manner

  • Val says:

    Thanks for keeping us informed. Please continue to do so. I’ll go to the other web pages for further information.

  • Suzy says:

    Very well written. I like the angle Lisa took in writing this article. It isn’t meant to offend, just to inform. Obviously women are capable of making their own choices and I think it’s interesting that this man (any man for that matter)feels he has the right to try to take that away.

  • Paula says:

    I hope this man does not get re-elected. He does not live in the real world and obviously has not done his homework. He needs to look at the big picture with these unwanted pregnancies and the long term affects if his bill gets passed. Why make a rape victim go thru the embarrasement and humiliation to prove she was raped in order to get an abortion. Many rape victims don’t report their rape because of fear or retalliation.

  • lisa says:

    I totally agree, Paula. We already know that rape is grossly under reported. Can you imagine being scared and having to go through this? Any of us who have been a part of a rape report/examination know that in many cases, the police are less than friendly and supportive. And think about minors who get raped. I wonder if they’d then need their parents’ consent as well as the father/rapist’s, if this bill passes. It’s a very scary step in the wrong direction.

    We also know that limiting access to abortion does not decrease the amount of abortions performed. Abortion is the most commonly performed out-patient procedure in the US, and is one of the safest. Making it harder to access just increases the number of women who experience complications, and in the worst cases, death.

  • Eileen says:

    Thanks, Lisa. Very informative and beautifully wriiten.

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