News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Wayside Furniture

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Knight Foundation


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


"Personhood" backers push to get abortion ban on the Ohio ballot this fall
Backers need near nearly 400,000 signatures to make it for this fall; putting it off to 2014 could complicate the governor's race
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
Dr. Patrick Johnson, director of Personhood Ohio, kicks off a drive to get 385,000 signatures by July 4 to get the anti-abortion measure on the ballot this fall.
Courtesy of KABIR BHATIA
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
Backers of a measure to give a fertilized egg the same rights as a person in Ohio are collecting signatures to put the issue before voters. And as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, whether that happens this fall -- or next -- could be crucial.
"Personhood" backers push to get abortion ban on the Ohio ballot this fall

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:45)


About 40 anti-abortion advocates turned out in front of an abortion clinic this weekend on Pearl Road.

They support Personhood Ohio, which defines life as beginning at conception. And they were rallying to try to boost the effort to get some 385,000 signatures needed by Independence Day to get the issue on this fall’s ballot. 

Personhood Director Dr. Patrick Johnson says the group may have to wait until next fall, but is ready to make its case in either election.

“The odds are stacked against us," he said. "So we're clearly the underdogs. And I like that. Because God shows himself strong on behalf of underdogs in Scripture; we read it all the time.

"So we're gonna keep working, keep gathering signatures until we can protect these children under state law.”

The Heartbeat Bill and Personhood
Personhood Ohio is similar to the Heartbeat Bill, which Tom Niehaus – then president of the Ohio Senate -- kept from coming to a vote in that chamber last year. He said it would likely draw a challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

That’s similar to what is happening in Arkansas, where a federal judge has temporarily blocked a law banning abortions after 12 weeks.

If Ohio passed the “personhood amendment,” it would have the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the country. (Voters in Mississippi struck down a similar amendment in 2011.)

Kasich and Personhood
University of Akron political scientist Dave Cohen says complicating matters in Ohio is Gov. John Kasich’s bid for reelection in 2014. Cohen says sharing the ballot with one of the most wide-ranging anti-abortion measures in the nation is not something Kasich wants, just as he’d just-as-soon not deal with the aftermath of the hugely unpopular anti-union measure known as Senate Bill 5.

“Things are going fairly well and he wants to avoid any real controversial issues on the ballot that could possibly galvanize the opposition," Cohen says. "He does not want a replay of the disaster that was SB5."


Right to Life and Personhood
Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis says passing pro-life legislation – whether voters do it or lawmakers – requires strategy. And he says his group’s election activities won’t change whether its a gubernatorial election or not.

“Our organization will transcend politics and our position will remain the same," says Gonidakis. "Of course, we have a political action committee and that will be re-engaged in 2014. But any ballot initiative has no bearing on our decision to be engaged with an issue or not.”

Gonidakis says he’s pleased by the governor’s pro-life stance. Right to Life also favored Kasich’s proposed expansion of Medicaid this year, though Republicans in both the House and Senate stripped it out of the budget bill.
(Click image for larger view.)

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Pluto: The Browns split from Manziel is long overdue
Get Brock Osweiler from the Denver Broncos! He's fantastic and seems like a great person.

Democratic Senate hopeful P.G. Sittenfeld pushes for local gun control
That makes no sense at all... why not let cities determine driving codes as well? Maybe Cincy want's folks to drive on the left side of the road. What could go ...

Exploradio: Autism in the workplace
I would love to get more information re: Autism on The Town and other such programs in Northeast Ohio. Thanks!!

Human trafficking cases rise in Ohio
It is about time this is presented to proceed with a plan of prevention..to protect our youth.And very necessary to inform communities through school, churches ...

Fermented food company aims to preserve Cleveland's farm-to-table movement
This is terrific! I make my own sauerkraut and consider it vital to good health. Well done, I wish you all success.

Ohio doctors get new guidelines for prescribing certain painkillers
I would gladly smoke pot to get off pain killers but its not legal.It would save the hassle of doctor visits for pill counts,pee tests,blood tests,driving to pi...

Ohio unemployment cuts are nearing a Statehouse vote
What about those that are laid off seasonally? My husband has been employed by the same company for 26 years and has been laid off (for the last 17) mid-Januar...

Ban on microbeads is a big step in fighting plastic pollution
What a bunch of liberal "so open minded their brains fell out" tree huggin yuppies. Professing to be wise they became fools.

Who's on -- and left off -- Ohio's medical marijuana task force?
Biggest joke everm these people are evil they know marijuana is harmless they rigged the polls last nov everypne kmows it

Dayton 'Black Lives Matter' protesters to appear in court today
Police to fast with the trigger finger and not the brain.A lot of police officers out here judge by color first instead of accessing the situation first. If a p...

Copyright © 2016 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University