State Rep, Vitale

Tbe Ohio Republican Party did a decent job of reining in their extreme anti-abortion wing during the last election cycle.   But with the election long over, and the new (Republican-controlled) legislative session fully underway, Ohio’s Republican activist legislators are now back to proudly playing the old “I’m More Extreme Than You Are” game….

You want a”fetal pain” bill based on thoroughly debunked “science”?  They have that!

How about another version of the unconstitutional Heartbeat Bill?  Sure!  Why not?

But if you are a brand new state representative and you really want to make a name for yourself in Ohio’s extreme right wing circles, then normal extreme isn’t going to cut it.  You need step it up a notch and challenge the “reasonable” anti-abortion crowd to keep up.

And that’s exactly what State Rep. Nino Vitale did today when he invited every Ohio legislator to the 11th floor for an “open office event” with Rebecca Kiessling, an anti-abortion activist who travels the country speaking against rape exceptions in abortion legislation.  Kiessling is scheduled to provide house testimony later in the day.

Vitale has taken the already extreme abortion conversation to the next level:  he wants to force rape survivors to bear the children of their attackers.  And he’s challenging the rest of Ohio’s Republican legislators follow him.

Here’s a copy of the invitation:

From:          Rep. Nino Vitale
Who:           Brothers and Sisters in the Ohio House and Senate
When:         Tuesday March 10th   3:00 – 3:30 pm
Where:        Rep. Vitale’s Office 11th Floor

RE:              Meeting The “Hard Cases” in the Abortion Debate

You are invited to an open office event tomorrow from 3-3:30. You are free to stop in any time. I’d like you to meet three special ladies.

Rebecca, a friend of mine, is a wife, mother and lawyer from Michigan. Rebecca was conceived in rape and thanks to Michigan laws, she would not be here today, had it not been for laws in that state that protect the unborn, no matter how they were conceived.

Leyandria learned that her mother was 14 and had gotten pregnant through consensual relations with another very young man. Her grandmother gave her mother an ultimatum, either get an abortion or I’m kicking you out. They ended up homeless and sleeping in shelters all over Detroit, because, as Leyandria says “abortion is legal and thus an option.”

Mary’s mother is schizophrenic and her mom was assaulted on the way home from work one day. Mary does not feel the condition of her mother should not have been used to discriminate against her in the womb and does not agree that pressure should be put on mothers with challenging conditions, requires the death sentence of the innocent child in the womb.

These woman represent the so-called “hard cases” in the abortion debate.

I have spent a lot of time with Rebecca. She is not a hard case at all; she’s a wonderful lady with a great life, career, husband and children. These are real persons with real stories. I hope you will come and meet them tomorrow and put a face to the laws we pass.

We welcome you to come anytime between 3 and 3:30 to say hi to these wonderful ladies.

  • Bruce

    While I’m not a staunch advocate of abortion, what is State Rep. Vitale’s thoughts on who is supposed to take care of the unwanted babies of rape victims? It’s just a question!

  • Susan Riley

    For the life of me I don’t know why these people keep pushing their ever more extreme anti-choice opinions. Even if they succeed, they won’t stop abortion; they’ll simply stop safe, medically-supervised abortion. If they get their way, babies AND many mothers will die.

  • Rebecca Kiessling

    Well, we are NOT “unwanted!” Rape victims choose abortion at half the rate of the average unplanned pregnancy. 25% choose adoption — no problems having us placed for adoption! And over 50% choose to parent their children — the mother’s children, and NOT the rapist’s baby. Rape survivor mothers actually express that their sons and daughters help them to overcome the rape, that they felt they had an angel to keep them company during their pregnancies, that it was healing to have something good come out of something evil, where he took and destroyed, she proved herself better, where they have vowed never to tell a soul about their rape, becoming pregnant and having the baby forced them to get the counseling they never otherwise would have received if it had not been for that baby. Many also express that they were not engaging in self-care after the rape — like many rape victims — and knowing they had a baby to care for caused them to begin taking care of themselves and eating right. The baby gave many a reason to live. But with abortion, they’re 4 times more likely to die within the next year — higher murder rate, suicide, depression and on and on. Abortion clinics are a sex traffickers best friend, as well as perpetrators of incest. They get rid of the evidence of the crime, and enable them to continue raping and exploiting. A girl is of no use to a trafficker if she’s pregnant. They rely on abortion clinics.

  • kurtbateman

    Even Sarah Palin recognized the choice as in “I’m glad Bristol made this choice.” Who decides what choices define our freedom?

  • kurtbateman

    Here’s a thought. In countries that have full access to healthcare including all forms of contraception…..and abortion the abortion rates are 1/2 what they are in the United States. You wanna protect the unborn…then advocate for universal access to care!

  • I don’t buy your claim, especially the last 7 lines. It is anti-choice propaganda. I am being nice about what I really think about you wrote.

  • Sherri G

    31 states still give the RAPIST custodial rights to said child. So you want a woman or teen who has been raped to go through the abuse, then the shame, then the trial where the defense tears her very life apart, be FORCED to keep a pregnancy from the rape and then care for that child as if everything is beautiful all while dealing with permanent trauma as well as the possibility of said rapist getting joint custody meaning he controls her life behond bars along with the childs (can’t move out of state, regular reports on the child, decision making rights, and soooo much more). Then there the anguish IF he is released at some point…..WOW SUCH GOOD CHRISTIANS to be so “concerned”…..blah!

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