Catherine Candisky is reporting that Lynn Wachtmann’s “heartbeat bill” (HB125) – the one that “outlaws abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be medically detected” – is likely to be voted out of committee today by one vote.
Catherine confirms that the even the bill’s supporters know it’s unconstitutional:
Supporters and opponents of the bill agreed the bill was unconstitutional and likely to be struck down by the courts.
Before voting to support the bill, Rep. Todd McKenney, a lawyer from New Franklin, said he did not think the legislation was constitutional, but he was willing to try and get current law overturned.
I’m guessing that Todd has somehow forgotten the oath of office took? You know, the one in which he swore to support the US Constitution?
Oath of Office for Ohio House of Representatives
I solemnly swear to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Ohio, and faithfully to discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives.
No one thinks this bill is legal. Not even the people who are voting for it. Even Ohio’s “leading anti-abortion group”, Ohio Right to Life, called this bill “legally flawed” and has urged lawmakers not to vote for it knowing full well that it will never stand up in court.
But that hasn’t stopped McKenney and 11 other Republicans from breaking their oath of office, voting for this bill and opening the state up to legal action that will cost tons of money to defend. The Attorney General’s office will now be forced to defend the bill (which DeWine most certainly will do) dedicating state money and resources in defense of a law that will eventually be overturned. It will also waste time and money for the court system.
Republicans came into office promising their common sense approach to governing would help cut wasteful government spending and help bring jobs back to Ohio. This bill, like so many other they are pushing through, not only has nothing to do with jobs but also INCREASES government spending while getting absolutely nothing in return except an overturned law.
Republicans came into office promising to focus like a laser on fixing Ohio’s economy and bringing jobs back to the state, but all we’ve seen so far are broken oaths, broken promises and a complete lack of common sense.