politicians make crappy doctorsToday, the House Health and Aging committee held its first meeting of the new General Assembly, and Chairman Lynn Wachtmann wasted no time setting the agenda for the panel’s work.

According to Gongwer, Wachtmann promised a return of Heartbeat legislation, a measure to outlaw nearly all abortions by banning them after a fetal heartbeat is detected (as early as six weeks and before many women even learn they are pregnant):

“There’s still a lot of discussions…about how that’s going to roll-out, but I would ,at some point in the next two years, think that will be a definite issue before this committee,” Rep. Wachtmann said.

Last year the proposal passed the House but stalled in the Senate thanks to concerns of then-President Tom Niehaus. Unfortunately for Ohio women, Niehaus has retired and was replaced by one of the advocates of the bill. Honestly, the only thing that might stop it is a veto by John Kasich, struggling to repair his lackluster image among moderates and women.

We also learned today that a proposal to de-fund Planned Parenthood is likely to be inserted into the state budget, set for introduction next Monday. If the language does not appear in Governor Kasich’s executive proposal, look for it in the House amendments, expected in late March.

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  • clr1390

    They defunded Planned parenthood in Texas at a cost of 300 million dollars the first year.

  • SlapFat

    If they go through with their looney anti-abortion, anti-Planned Parenthood agenda they can kiss the 2014 elections goodbye for the governorship. I do hope they still fail to pass those nutty ideas into law, though.

  • pb_dirtgirl

    This is why I think Kasich is our only line of defense. House and Senate districts are so gerrymandered, these guys do not care what voters think. And this is where the veto-proof majority in the House becomes a real problem.

  • Retrofuturistic

    But what if they “fix” the 2014 election? It’s been done before….

  • dmoore2222

    Punish Kasich for this in 2016 if he doesn’t veto it.

  • SlapFat

    House and Senate districts are so gerrymandered….

    It was really terrible Issue 2 didn’t get anywhere last year. Though I know it’s not exciting coming up with new laws for redistricting needs to be the sole focus among voters short of getting a new governor.

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