by Faber all talk
Before people become too eager to sing Republicans’ praises for abortion-related provisions in the budget signed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, let’s examine some truths.
Without explaining themselves, Republicans in Ohio abandoned their promise of bold, swift action – the Heartbeat Bill – toward abortion in favor of a slow-burn strategy. This strategy includes, in modern Progressive fashion, quietly inserting select line items into a budget bill.
This provision’s so-called defunding of Planned Parenthood actually only deemphasizes that organization’s priority in receiving taxpayers’ money. Their access to it continues.
The only thing praiseworthy is the requirement for an ultrasound before an abortion is carried-out.
However, this can easily turn into a Pyrrhic victory. What proponents of an incremental strategy in ending abortion always conveniently forget is those who favor its continuation are forever one election away from regaining control in Columbus and reversing pro-life legislative efforts.
When the Heartbeat Bill was stalled in the Ohio Senate last year, Sen. Keith Faber (one of the so-called conservatives hedging on it) told local Tea Partiers (after they pressed him on the issue) he would vote “Yes” if it found its way to the Senate floor. Now, as Senate President, Faber is in the position to make that happen.
Unsurprisingly, he has not.
Last year, voters in the 12th District had a candidate on their ballots – Paul Hinds – who was outspoken in his support of Heartbeat. Unfortunately, the appeal of maintaining the status quo outweighed principle with most voters.
Should pro-life efforts fail in Ohio in the long run, be sure to remember this letter… as well as Faber’s role in that failure.
— Don Kissick, Lima
Chair, Allen County Libertarian Party of Ohio