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.