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Kasich Flinches From Ohio’s “Heartbeat” Abortion Bill

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Knowing they could count on Donald Trump to nominate a staunchly pro-life judge to the Supreme Court, Republicans in the Ohio legislature sensed an opportunity in the air. They passed what has been termed the “Heartbeat Bill” – one of the strongest anti-abortion laws in the country. If signed by Gov. John Kasich, the bill would have outlawed abortions in any case where the baby’s heartbeat can be detected. Critics say that it would have effectively made abortion illegal in the state of Ohio.

Be that as it may, it won’t be signed. Gov. Kasich opted to veto the bill on Tuesday while simultaneously signing into law a weaker bill banning abortions after the 20-week mark. In explaining his decision, Kasich said he wanted to save the taxpayers a lengthy and losing court battle.

“The State of Ohio will be the losing party in that lawsuit and, as the losing party, the State of Ohio will be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover the legal fees for the pro-choice activists’ lawyers,” Kasich said. “Therefore, this veto is in the public interest.”

Even so, the bill Kasich did sign could also be challenged in the courts. Two states have blocked abortion bills like the one Kasich signed, and critics say that “pain-capable” clauses are not scientific. 15 other states, however, have similar laws on the books, so there’s a good chance Ohio’s will stand for the foreseeable future.

Kasich’s pragmatism won’t do much to console supporters of the bill; a showdown in the Supreme Court was exactly what they wanted. Ohio pro-life Republicans see Trump’s Court as an opportunity to challenge Roe v. Wade that has not been available in quite some time. With Trump signaling that the abortion issue will be his highest priority in selecting a judge, it’s possible that he could pick someone even to the right of Scalia on the issue. That opens the door, if slightly, to a full or complete overturn of the landmark abortion ruling.

If that challenge is coming, however, it will be from somewhere other than Ohio.

 

  • KASIC IS DONE IN POLITICS, STICK A FORK IN HIM HE IS OVER DONE. WHEN HE SIGNED A STATEMENT SAYING HE WOULD HELP THE WINNER AND THEN WENT BACK ON HIS WORD AND DID WHAT HE COULD TO HURT TRUMP AND THEN TRUMP TOOK OH. BY NEARLY 10 POINTS, A BLOWOUT, THE SHOULD TELL THIS IDIOT WHAT THE PEOPLE OF OHIO THINK OF HIM.

    • Ask

      The people of Ohio are too good for this loser President-want to be. He must still be wondering why he simply isn’t presidential material. Most republicans are smarter than to not elect another proven failure as Kaisich. Booooooo
      He’s not good enough to tie Trumps shoe.

  • He is a Democrat. Democrat in republican clothing. I’m to this point, maybe be if all that are for abortion would have been aborted, killed in mother’s womb we would not have legal abortions. When it is ever right to kill an innocent child. Be responsible use birth control.

    • Mary Muennig

      Re: What you said about abortions: Yes, that’s right! If everybody who was for abortions had been aborted when they were a baby, then we wouldn’t be having these problems right now (Food for thought huh?)!

  • Sandra Kerr

    Why are most Republicans always screaming for less government until it comes to intruding into women’s lives? (semi-Sharia?) Using birth control the answer? Then why do they scream about paying for it? Make condoms mandatory! Make child support the law over handouts. Of course not!! That would be intrusive on men.

  • Gary

    Kasich is a reasonable leader to be admired. This country is based on the right of people to have opposing beliefs. Our political leaders should protect that, not take sides.

  • Kasich is a jerk, Trump showed America that point, He should be Impeached.

  • Gary

    Kasich is a reasonable leader to be admired. This country is based on the right of people to have opposing beliefs. Our political leaders should protect that, not take sides.

  • Ellen

    The blood of countless innocents is now on Kasich’s hands. He sold their right to life for mere dollars and cents. Don’t believe he intended to save taxpayer’s money which would amount to a few mere dollars and cents per child. He was protecting his own potential future run at the presidency because he might need some votes that he would alienate by signing a bill which we now know would protect unborn children.
    In 1973, medical technology hadn’t shown us the intricate details of life in the womb and advances in neonatal care hadn’t progress to saving such early preterm infants that they can today. It’s time for our government to accept what medicine has already proven to us.
    Shame on Gov. Kasich, selling countless unborn lives to protect his political future !

    • Ko

      ELLEN
      A very good post!
      It is quite evident that Kasich would rather please man than an Almighty God.
      We are either for God, or we are against God—we cannot straddle the fence as we will fall to one side or the other. If we are lukewarm, God will spew us out of His mouth. God say’s I wish you were either hot or cold. Of course unbelievers can’t understand the Word unless they are drawn to God by His Holy Spirit, and He will draw them, but they have to make the decision to either follow Him or deny Him. it’s their choice—either heaven or hell.

  • Oscar Williams

    In the United States, “LIFE” is to be protected. All this legal wrangling about whether or not to murder a living, helpless human being — in the most BRUTAL ways possible — is distraction. If a girl or woman becomes pregnant, she’s pregnant because she was screwing. If she’s not married to the guy, it was WRONG, and the BABY will pay the price for her — and HIS — sin and lust. If she didn’t want to get pregnant, there are ways pregnancy can be avoided. But her “birth control” in this case is to murder her unborn baby. And please, don’t come at me with the “rape and incest” defense. That will happen in, what, one-hundredth of a percent of the time. So….IF you’re going to have an abortion, OWN UP TO THE MURDER YOU’RE COMMITTING. And if you SANCTION abortion, you’re sanctioning MURDER. And if you vote for a woman running for president, senator, representative, etc whose PLAN is to promote abortion, you’re on the side of MURDERING a living child. ALL OF YOU ARE MURDERERS. Killers of INNOCENT, TINY BABIES. Are you proud of yourselves?

  • Way too many liberals posing as conservatives. That’s why it is up to we the people to be aware of their double speak. With the media going to 70 % against Trump, prior to the election, to 99.9% against him today.

  • Ko

    Luke1:36-41 babe leaped, bible doesn’t say the fetus anywhere in Gods Word.
    Luke2:12-16, Job3:16 Psalm51:5 Psalm139:13-16 Jeremiah1:5
    So many scriptures in Gods Word that pertain to the unborn child. Many more could be posted but the reader needs to examine Gods word for themselves. Hopefully Gods Holy Spirit will touch hearts and lives and bring those into the knowledge of Gods Word and His love and grace.

    • David in MA

      I one time heard (I think) a tele preacher say about abortions, when a baby is aborted ask yourself what GOD’s plans were for that child?

  • Abu Tom says VIVA EL TRUMPO THIS GUY IS GREAT ALREADY. A THOUSAND POINTS OF LIGHT. A THOUSAND POINTS IN THE STOCKMARKET. MANY PENSIONS HAVE EXXON MOBIL. HE WINS OVER HIS ENEMIES. THIS SUNDAY HE IS TAKING HILARY OUT FOR ICE CREAM.

    GLAD WE DON’T HAVE KAR SICK AS PRESIDENT. HE WAS AFRAID TO HELP KIDS IN A HEART BEAT. HE HAS NO LIBERY BELLS. TALKS TOUGH ACTS HUMBLE BUT WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH HE GOES HIDING. THE REASON HE WOULD NOT BACK TRUMP WAS HE DID NOT GET THE FREE TOASTER. TRUMP WON OHIO WITHOUT HIM. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU? DID YOU HEAR THE AUDIENCE BOOS LAST NIGHT WHEN TRUMP SAID NICE THINGS ABOUT PAUL RINO? TRUMP ABSORBED THAT FEEDBACK FOR LATER. RIGHT NOW HE IS HIRING BUT THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN HE FIRES HIS MISTAKES. TAKE HEART AMERICA. TWO SAVIOURS ARE COMING. THE SON OF GOD AND EL TRUMPO THE JOB ZORRO. SOON EVEN THE BABY’S DIAPERS WILL SAY AGAIN MADE IN USA.

    JUST CAME BACK FROM DINNER AT A CHINESE RESTUARANT. WANT TO SEE MY FORTUNE COOKIE MESSAGE?
    IT READS HILARY THE 12 MILLION DINARS ARE ON THE WAY FROM THE KING OF MOROCCO. BEST REGARDS VLADIMIR PUTIN. 33,000 EMAILS ARE TURNING UP IN CHINESE RESTAURANTS.

    OBAMA IS A COMMUNITY DIS ORGANIZER. IN ONE WEEK TRUMP WILL DO MORE FOR THE GHETTO KIDS THAN THE ISLAMO COMMO DID FOR 8 YEARS. YOU CAN’T RESTORE THE INNER CITIES UNTIL YOU DO AWAY WITH DRUGS. DRUG DEALERS SELL GUNS AND OBAMA SAYS THEY ARE HARMLESS. THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN FIGHT DRUGS IN THE GHETTO ARE THE GOSPEL PEOPLE. WORK WITH THE GOSPEL PEOPLE AND YOU HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE. MERRY CHRIST MASS EVERYBODY.

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/spiritofamericapartybook/2016/12/05/christ-mass-tune-up

  • Once again, Kasich shows his true colors as a political hack.
    Ohio: wake up—–vote this weasel out of office.
    Kasich is a jerk!
    Anyone else agree?

    • Sue Jackson

      Kasich is a politically motivated jerk and a weasel. But even a politically motivated jerk and a weasel will occasionally surprise us with positive reaction or support of an action that is highly favored by the jerk and weasels constituents. What we have here is a jerk and weasel that is a ‘spineless coward’ as proven in this past election process. Maybe Kasich would have had a better shot of winning the Republican nomination had he shown that he would stand up for the American people who are sick and tired of self-serving jerks and weasels. We are fed up with those whose deciding factor on any government issue is always based on what is best for their own greed for personal wealth and power. I think politicians that fall into this description have recently been referred to as ‘swamp dwellers’.

  • Rob

    I sent Kasich a message about how weak he is and how weak all of his rhetoric has been throughout the entire campaign as everyone should. He is spineless and should not even hold the office of Governor. What if Tim Tebow’s mom had been able to get an abortion?

    Contact Ohio Gov. John Kasich

    Online: Send a message

    Phone: (614) 466-3555

    Mailing Address:
    Governor John Kasich
    Riffe Center, 30th Floor
    77 South High Street
    Columbus, OH 43215-6117

  • If everybody who is for abortions would have been aborted, then we wouldn’t be having these problems right now!

  • Mary

    If uou do not aprove of abortion, don’t have one.
    Otherwise, mind yor own buisness.
    You have no right to control someone else’s body.
    Aborion will continue, regardless of any law change.
    It will just return to the coat hanger and death days.

    • Matthew V. Brown

      To advocate for abortion-on-demand IS to control someone else’s body–the baby’s. Besides, there are MANY laws which exert control of what we do with our own body and with other people’s bodies (e.g., laws against assault, battery, and, notably, murder). To murder a pre-born baby is no less a murder than the murder of a fully-grown human being. The danger in advocating for the murder of the pre-born is that the logic also extends to the euthanasia of the elderly, for which some young people are now advocating.

  • David in MA

    In my opinion Gov. John Kasich is not trustworthy, he is a slimy rat, a democrat in RINO clothing, how he got elected as governor is a wonder, fast talking, forked tonged, no good RINO! I am surprised he hasn’t come to MA to run for governor.

  • Richardb

    Why to legislators think it’s OK to assume they have control over women’s lives. Who gave them that “right”? People think having an abortion is just some simple matter. It is not. It is a very weighty matter which must be decided by the woman, her partner and her physician. It’s inappropriate to allow the government to interfere in a highly personal matter.

    • Matthew V. Brown

      Legislators do not assume they have control over women’s lives. The live of the baby, from conception, is not the “woman’s” life–it is the baby’s. And nearly every one of us supports abortion in the regrettable instances of rape resulting in pregnancy (and extremely low percentage), incest, and the physical life/health of the mother. Nevertheless, it seems a shame to kill a baby in ANY instance except where the mother’s physical life is threatened. And there are some courageous mothers who will choose the life of their offspring over their own. By the way, Richardb, the law has a great deal of control over everyone’s lives, in very personal matters.

  • Alan Rhoads

    Kasich vetoed the strong abortion bill “because the State of Ohio will be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover the legal fees for the pro-choice activists’ lawyers,” Kasich said” For a measly risk cost, he was not willing to fight harder for the unborn baby with a heartbeat. Dear God. Please hear our plea. One man had sole responsibility to agree with his Legislature and chose not to agree. You have taught us, “To know to do good and not to do it, is sin.” May those “babies that are murdered by your decision, be witnesses on your Judgement Day, Mr. Kasich. I’m glad that you weren’t selected in the Presidential Election process; we all deserve a better leader.

  • Silent Hammer

    Once again, Kasich was elected to be a leader. There is NO LAW legalizing abortion. Only the SCOTUS backing away from THEIR duty and saying they’re out of it. We call people like Kasich, Pelosi and Biden “CINOs”, because they’re Catholic In Name Only. True Catholic Christians abhor abortion, and are For Life! Kasich had the chance to represent and affirm the people of Ohio who are moral and love children. Evil has crept into the fabric of the U.S., and abortion is his tool. Maybe the Ohio Legislature will round up enough votes to override his veto, if that’s possible. Go Get ‘Em, Ohio. We need a leader to show the nation some moral guts!

  • Imagine anything more innocent than a baby in the womb.

    True justice delayed, is justice denied.

    Let justice flow…you know the rest.

  • kathie ellis

    I heard that a baby’s heartbeat can be detected on, or
    after the 18th day of conception. I believe life begins at conception.

  • Cynthia

    Kasich was and is a coward for not signing the bill. He only supports just so much to keep individuals happy on both sides to better his chances of keeping his office; but when push comes to shove, he’s a coward for not doing the right thing for these innocents. Time to remove and replace!!!

  • rbentrdr

    As a guy that took $650,000 from George Soros to stay in the presidential race just to screw things up, I don’t believe a word that he says. Joke’s on you, Soros, we won any way.

  • David in MA

    Kasich is a RINO and cannot be trusted, I would not want him to even be a chicken plucker.

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