Yesterday, the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee voted 12 to 11 on the "Heartbeat Bill" (HB 125) that would require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound and prevent them from obtaining abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill does not make an exception for cases of rape or incest.
Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, stated, "It's obvious this committee is a lot more interested in making headlines than in giving women better access to health care or doing something to bring jobs to the state or trying to fix the state's budget mess."
Although the bill received the necessary votes to move to the Ohio House floor, House Speaker William Batchelder (R-Medina) stated that he wanted consult with medical experts before the bill proceeds.
Media Resources: National Partnership for Women and Families 3/31/11; Dayton Daily News 3/30/11; NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio 3/14/11
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SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
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