Mason’s city council to vote again to pass ordinance banning abortion
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Mason’s city council votes again on an ordinance that should ban abortion and declare Mason a “sanctuary for unborn children”.
According to program of the meeting, Ordinance 2021-108 will be discussed on Monday, October 25 at 7 p.m. during the bimonthly council meeting. The Council said it would vote on the abortion ban, whether or not it declared it an emergency, and “take various steps and conclusions, providing for severability and setting a date for entry into force. “.
Their last council meeting on October 11after four hours of discussion, members decided not to adopt the motion to vote on the ban.
The legislation would ban abortion altogether unless there is a “life-threatening physical condition”, prohibit abortion providers from establishing practices within Mason, and encourage lawsuits against those who support abortions through funding, transportation and more.
Mason currently has no abortion provider.
The legislation was proposed as “emergency” and, if approved, the abortion ban would have taken effect immediately without public challenge.
In a draft order, the council declares that the decision of the Supreme Court in Roe V. Wade “Invented a constitutional right for a pregnant woman to kill her unborn child by abortion” and is “an unconstitutional act of judicial usurpation”. As they believe that there is nowhere in the Constitution that “even remotely suggests that abortion is a constitutional right”.
They support this by saying that the council is of the opinion that fetuses are considered human beings at the time of conception who are entitled to “full and equal protection from laws prohibiting violence against other human beings”.
Mason’s business community posted a open letter to the community condemning legislation declaring it a risk for businesses. Inability to recruit, boycotts and difficulties with investor relations are some of the risks the community has given for the adoption of the ordinance.
They say they “oppose policies and laws that hinder people’s health, independence and the ability to be fully successful in the workplace.”
“It puts our families, communities, businesses and economy at risk,” write members of the business community who say they believe it will set a damaging precedent and threaten the future of gender equality at Mason’s.
A number of cities in the United States have approved or are considering severe abortion bans and restrictions, including in neighboring Lebanon. This city council passed an ordinance in May similar to the ban proposed by Mason. The Ohio ACLU has said Lebanese law is “patently unconstitutional” and ready to be challenged in court.
“Anti-abortion politicians in Lebanon do not have to interfere in people’s lives and health care,” said at the time ACLU Ohio legal director Freda Levenson.
After the ordinance was passed earlier this month, the ACLU placed a notice board in southern Lebanon stating that “abortion is legal throughout Ohio” because regardless of the ban , abortion remains legal in the state until 20 weeks gestation.
A recent Texas law prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, but also goes further by allowing ordinary citizens to sue abortion providers and those who help a woman obtain an abortion. The law does not provide any exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear a case regarding Mississippi’s 2018 law that banned abortions after 15 weeks. The outcome could affect the long-standing Roe v. Wade and, subsequently, legislation and health care across the country, including Ohio.
Abortion advocates in Buckeye State continue to fight against new sets of laws aimed at restricting the practice. Earlier this year, the Satanic Temple filed a letter with the United States Food and Drug Administration arguing that its members in Texas should have legal access to abortion pills. Lawyers for the group argue that its status as a non-theistic religious organization should guarantee access to abortion as a faith-based right.
In the letter, the Temple argues that the abortion pills Misoprostol and Mifepristone should be available for its use through the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act, which protects the use of peyote by Native Americans in religious rituals. The Temple says these same rights should apply to drugs it uses for its own rituals.
Recently, a Hamilton County judge blocked a 2020 law that targeted medical abortions via telemedicine. In April this year, the judge said the state could not ban medical abortions administered by telemedicine “until a final judgment is rendered in this case.”
The same judge, the same week, blocked an Ohio law regulating the disposal of surgical abortion tissue because the state had failed to create the forms, rules or regulations necessary for those regulations. elimination.
On April 5, Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order bypassing the legal entanglement and suspending “normal rulemaking” and authorizing the Ohio Department of Health to immediately pass rules related to the law on tissue removal.
It’s possible that a person will learn they are pregnant at three weeks gestation, but the Cleveland Clinic says some people show no signs for months.
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