Ohio’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act takes effect today

By Dave Andrusko

Thanks to Ohio Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate, for reminding us all that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which Gov. John Kasich signed in December, takes effect today “without one lawsuit from Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, or any of the other abortion facilities in the state!”

At the time of the law’s passage, Public radio station WVXU quoted former Ohio Supreme Court Justice and current Republican house member Bob Cupp, who said there are no questions about its constitutionality. “In my judgment, it is not improbable that the U.S. Supreme Court will, in fact, uphold the 20 week limitations on abortions once it gets the case.”

Such a commonsense law is now on the books in 16 states— Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Public opinion is strongly behind the pain-capable bill. As we reported on November 21, the polling company, inc./WomanTrend found almost two-thirds support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act–64%–to only 28% who were opposed.

Among his commitments to pro-lifers, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to sign the National Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Support for the bill in that November poll extended across all demographic and geographic boundaries. For example

  • Millennial voters 78% support
  • Women voters 67% support
  • African Americans 70% support
  • Hispanics 57 % support

In addition, in its press release, Ohio Right to Life explained that “Today, as our law takes effect, we are hard at work on the next set of laws that will scale back abortion-on-demand. At the top of the list is the Dismemberment Abortion Ban, legislation which would ban brutal dilation and evacuation abortions, nearly 3,000 of which occurred in Ohio in 2015.”

Dismemberment abortions ban have passed in Kansas (2015), Oklahoma (2015), West Virginia (2016), Mississippi (2016), Alabama (2016), Louisiana (2016), and Arkansas (2017). As NRL News Today reported last week, The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act unanimously passed a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee in South Carolina. It has also passed in the Pennsylvania Senate.

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