Ohio is on the verge of essentially banning abortion. The bill, which has been passed by both of the state’s legislative chambers now awaits Governor John Kasich’s signature. According to New Republic, “the so-called Heartbeat Bill…would ban abortion after doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat.” The result would be that “Ohio women will find it virtually impossible to access abortion.”
The bill’s chief proponent, who seeks to impose his own view of women’s reproductive health on women all across Ohio, does not appear to have a basic respect for life in his own home.
In 2011, State Senator Kris Jordan’s wife, who told deputies she was “fearful of her husband, had to call 911 to report that the distinguished Republican politician “was pushing her around and throwing things.”
This was, apparently, not an isolated incident:
She said there have been problems with her husband but she had called his parents when those happened. She said, however, that they were out of town that night.
She also was recorded as saying violent incidents with her husband began about two years ago, sometimes after he had been drinking. She said her husband had been drinking that night but not to excess.
“This is not new,” Mrs. Jordan, 31, said. “He’s done this numerous times, and I just got sick of it and I just had to call.”
Jordan was not charged because even though his wife said “she was fearful of her husband,” she told police she “’didn’t want anything to happen’ to him that night.”
Kris Jordan was dismissive, saying “She got a little upset…girls do that,” and attributing the incident to “90 percent emotion.”
This is the “family values” type of politician who wants to tell other people how to live their lives, even if he stands in direct defiance of Roe vs. Wade. Even Ohio’s chapter of Right to Life refused to support the bill, which “does not provide an exception for rape or incest.”
While Kasich has not signed previous version of the bill, some Ohio Republicans believe the time is ripe for extreme measures like this one. This, according to CNN:
“One, a new President, new Supreme Court justice appointees change the dynamic, and that there was a consensus in our caucus to move forward,” Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, a Republican from Celina, told reporters after the final vote.
Asked if he thought the bill would survive a legal challenge, he said: “I think it has a better chance than it did before.”
As of this writing, Kasich, who has ten days to sign or not sign the bill, has not signaled what he intends to do.