The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio has indicated that it will sue if two anti-abortion bills, both of which have passed the state House, become law: a fetal heart beat bill, which would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected, and another bill that would prohibit Ohio residents from purchasing health insurance that covers abortion.
Gary Daniels, associate director of ACLU Ohio, stated that he believes both bills are unconstitutional. He remarked, "It's quite clear that these bills are going to pass and be signed into law. And like we've always done, we will be there in courts to defend the reproductive rights of Ohio's women. We will sue."
The heartbeat bill would ban abortions as early as 6 weeks following conception, before many women are even aware they are pregnant, and includes no exceptions for rape or incest. If passed by the Republican controlled-state Senate and signed by the Governor, the law would directly challenge the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which allows women to obtain abortion services until fetal viability at 22-24 weeks .
Daniels believes also that the second bill violates the Affordable Care Act, which states that "no federal, state, or local law or rule shall prohibit the purchase or sale" of health insurance.
Media Resources: Boston Globe 12/8/11; Cleveland.com 12/6/11
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Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .
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Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .