Those who feel compelled to take away the rights of women moves from one of service, seeking the welfare of all — to one willing to commit violence through stigma and denigration and the imposition of a patriarchy that betrays the well-being of We the People.
As crushing as that pregnancy loss was, I came through it because of the love of my family and the care of a medical system and a legal system which took me as a woman, as a mother, as a human being with a unique and difficult circumstance — as well as that potential life inside me — seriously.
For the next 140 mornings, Amy would have to face each new day knowing that the fetus in her belly was dying. The belly bump and fetal heartbeat did not tell the full story or even hint at the pain or the tragedy. SB23 is inhumane and immoral. It tells Amy, we don’t care about you.
Senate Bill 23 (the six-week abortion ban) would be unquestionably disastrous for women in my community, intruding into their personal healthcare freedoms in ineffective and unconstitutional ways.
I am old enough to remember the 1960’s and what happened to some of my teenage friends faced with unwanted pregnancy. I remember, which is why I know that a 6-week ban imposes a deadline long before most young women even know they are pregnant. I remember which is why I know that this ban will not stop abortions — if that is our goal.
The six-week abortion ban (Senate Bill 23) has now moved to the Ohio House, and this is our LAST CHANCE to testify against it. We need to show strong, moral opposition to this bill.
More and more faith leaders are raising their voices for reproductive freedom. Be part of this movement by signing our Ohio Clergy for Choice Letter — or by asking your rabbi, imam, pastor, high priestess, or spiritual leader to sign on by April 5th.
We will deliver your signatures to your elected leaders and feature them in the media. Together, we can demonstrate the strength and diversity of our “Pro-Faith, Pro-Family, Pro-Choice” movement.
There is nothing life-giving or loving about imposing your will on someone else’s body. There is nothing life-giving or loving about obsessively restricting abortion rights while ignoring the real needs of Ohioans. There is nothing life-giving or loving about criminalizing doctors and punishing women through this cruel, dangerous, and unconstitutional bill.
Senate Bill 23 is not love. It is not compassion. Instead, it is a renewing of the legalism that traps people and binds hearts. Most of the arguments for this proposed law are rooted in religion. But instead of asking me to believe in love, you are asking me to ignore pain. The pain of poverty. The pain of rape. The pain of incest.
Make no mistake — abortion bans like this are part of an extreme, religious agenda to control people’s bodies and beliefs. This Valentine’s Day, forget the flowers. All we want is religious and reproductive freedom.