Gov. Kasich Plays Politics with "Heartbeat Bill"


In one signature Ohio Gov. John Kasich has given us a great example of exactly what is wrong with politicians. Today, Gov. Kasich signed a bill that will ban abortions after 20 weeks, which is something worth celebrating. However, his reasoning behind the line-item veto he used to remove the “Heartbeat Bill” exposes the willingness to settle we see to often - settling that shouldn’t be tolerated, especially when it comes to saving the lives of our unborn children.

Gov. Kasich notes his thoughts in his veto statement:

“Similar legislation [to the heartbeat bill] in two other states has twice been declared unconstitutional by federal judges. The state of Ohio will be the losing party in that lawsuit, and […] will be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover the legal fees for the pro-choice activists’ lawyers.”

I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear your reasoning about similar legislation failing in other states and lawsuit expenses because I’m still hung up on the fact that this is a life with a heartbeat. Can you really put a price on that?

How do you even bring yourself to cross that out and write this veto statement? Even if you aren’t a person of faith, science shows there is a fetal heartbeat at six weeks – and mothers can hear the heartbeat of their child as early as eight weeks with an ultrasound. How can you sleep at night, Gov. Kasich?

And how can the pro-choice supporters say that a heartbeat isn’t a life?

The media certainly doesn’t help. For example – just in the brief research I did to write this article, I scanned a few websites to review their coverage of the story. CNN’s story mentions the fetal heartbeat (don’t give them too much credit – I’m not sure they could avoid it as it’s in the name – “Heartbeat Bill”), however it doesn’t give any sort of explanation for the 20 weeks. Doesn’t anyone reading their coverage wonder why 20 weeks was chosen?

PAIN. That’s why. Twenty weeks is the point in development that a baby/fetus/piece of tissue – whatever you want to call it – can feel pain. Heaven forbid we talk about that.

Gov. Kasich goes on to close his statement by saying “Therefore, this veto is in the public interest.”

Really? I’m the neighboring state of Pennsylvania, so I can’t speak for pro-lifers across the state border, but I expect the elected officials I vote for to stand up for life at all times – and not settle for anything less. You can’t put a price on life.

-The Petite Patriot

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