Ohio Lawmaker Offers Amendment Seeking To Exempt Black Babies From Abortion Ban

Ohio Lawmaker Offers Amendment Seeking To Exempt Black Babies From Abortion Ban

Rep. Janine Boyd wanted the to exempt black parents from the abortion ban which has been introduced as the "heartbeat bill"

In an ongoing debate on a bill that would ban the abortion of unborn babies - after their heartbeat is detectable - in Ohio, a female lawmaker proposed that black babies should be exempt from the ban. 


Democrat state representative from Ohio, Rep. Janine Boyd, drafted an amendment last week seeking to allow unborn African-American babies to be aborted - while The heartbeat bill protects babies from being aborted after 6 weeks of gestation. 
NPR reports that the bill has become a law in Ohio - making it the 6th state in the U.S to attempt to outlaw abortions at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected. 



As reported by LifeNews, Boyd's bill "would have given an exemption to African American women to abort their unborn babies for any reason up to the state’s current abortion limit, 20 weeks.”
Boyd "likened restrictions on abortion to slavery as she urged her fellow lawmakers to support the measure," the outlet noted. 


On Tuesday last week during a state House Health Committee meeting, she proposed Amendment 0291 to add the exemption.
“Black slaves were once treated like cattle and put out to stud in order to create generations of more slaves,” she said. “Our country is not far enough beyond our history to legislate as if it is.” 


State Rep. Derek Merrin, a Republican and chair of the committee, pushed back against Boyd’s claims, saying the law should be applied equally to all Ohio citizens, regardless of their race.

The committee rejected the amendment, but state pro-life leaders expressed outrage that it even was proposed.

“To reference owning humans as a defense of dismembering them is moral myopia,” said Mark Harrington, president of Created Equal. “If is wrong to own humans, it is also wrong to intentionally kill them.” 


On the other hand, many pro-life leaders believe that the opposite may be true - that the abortion industry targets black Americans for abortions.
While abortions hurt every race and culture, black Americans have a disproportionately high number of abortions compared to other racial groups


According to census data, African Americans makeup about 13 percent of the U.S. population but have about 30 percent of the abortions. African-American teenage abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average, according to research by the Guttmacher Institute. 



However, the bill has become law now, without the proposed amendments - banning abortions of any baby after its heartbeat is detected - with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. A lot have condemned the bill for not giving the woman the right to choose if she wants to keep the baby. 



NPR reports that Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill Thursday afternoon, just one day after it passed the Republican-led General Assembly. The law is slated to take effect in 90 days, unless blocked by a federal judge. 

Now known as the "Human Rights Protection Act," SB 23 outlaws abortions as early as five or six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they're pregnant. It is one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. 

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