By Carolyn Uecker

At the April Greene County Republican Central Committee (GCCC) meeting, a motion was made for the Committee to endorse the HeartBeat Bill (HB 69).  The bill, which had been passed by the Ohio House of Representatives earlier this year, is currently languishing in the Ohio Senate Health and Human Resources Committee.  (Apparently, there is concern that a vote for the HeartBeat Bill will result in lawsuits regarding constitutionality, as happened in Arkansas and North Dakota.)

The Resolution (see attached) was distributed to GCCC members and included a link to the HeartBeat Bill so members could read the actual bill in its entirety.   A baby’s heart generally begins beating at six weeks, and the beat can be detected generally around eight weeks.

At the July 14 meeting, the GCCC voted to endorse the HeartBeat Bill by a landslide vote.  The GCCC only recently began taking a stand on issues affecting citizens (last year, the Committee approved a resolution against Common Core).  It is important for citizens to know where Republicans stand on issues.

Last month, the Ohio Senate passed SB 127, which “prohibits the performance of an abortion on a pregnant woman when the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is twenty weeks or greater.”  That bill is currently in the Ohio House of Representatives awaiting action.

Below is the Resolution, passed by the Green County Central Committee.


 

Resolution calling for passage of the pro-life Heartbeat Bill

 

Whereas, more than twenty-thousand unborn babies are aborted each year in Ohio, and

 

Whereas, a heartbeat is a universal indicator of life, and The Declaration of Independence, para 2, states: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life . . .” and “that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it. . .”, and

 

Whereas, the Heartbeat Bill would protect unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeats can be detected, and

 

Whereas, the national Republican Platform (2012-2016, Page 13-14) says “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed,” and

 

Whereas, the national Republican Platform (2012-2016, Page 33) states “numerous studies have shown that abortion endangers the health and well-being of women,”

 

Whereas, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution states:   “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” The people of Ohio, as represented by the members of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate, deserve the opportunity to vote and thus determine how they are governed.

 

Therefore we, the Central Committee, being the governing body of the Greene County Republican Party, urge Ohio’s Republican legislators and party leaders to pass the pro-life Heartbeat Bill without further delay and without weakening amendments.

 

To read the Bill passed by the Ohio House of Representatives, go to:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-69 (click on View Current Version)