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If you want an abortion, you’ll have to get one somewhere other than Mason’s – even if there aren’t any abortion providers there, anyway.
After attempting to ban abortion within city limits in previous council meetings, Mason’s city council finally implemented it on Monday. At the October 25 meeting, council members voted 4-3 to ban abortion at all stages of gestation within Mason town limits and to punish those who “help and encourage” abortions by the government. financing, transportation and more. Violators could be fined $ 2,500 and spend a year in jail.
The law will come into force on November 24. Previous attempts to declare the order “emergency” and therefore to take effect immediately had failed.
Council members had also considered putting the issue to a public vote, but this motion received only four votes, not the five it needed.
There are no abortion providers within Mason town limits.
Mason’s business community issued an open letter condemning the legislation, saying it poses a risk to businesses. The authors claim that abortion bans prevent hiring of employees, invite boycott and have economic impacts. 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, our communities, our businesses and the economy at risk,” say the authors.
By passing the abortion ban ordinance, Mason declared itself a “sanctuary town for unborn children,” the second town in Warren County to do so. In May, Lebanese council members unanimously passed an ordinance similar to Mason’s ban; 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, the ACLU placed a notice board in southern Lebanon saying that “abortion is legal throughout Ohio” because, regardless of the ban, abortion remains legal in the state until 20 weeks gestation.
The landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade established that pregnant people have the constitutional right to choose abortion without undue government interference and also have the right to privacy to make that choice, later adding that people can choose abortion until ” fetal viability ”. Today, many medical experts claim that fetal viability usually begins after around 24 weeks of gestation.
Abortion is only legal in Ohio for up to 20 weeks, well below experts’ recommendation of at least 24 weeks.
Mason’s ordinance includes conservative or religiously based ideas and terminology, including “City Council finds that: (1) Human life begins at conception. “And” (4) the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, 410 US 113 (1973), who invented a constitutional right for pregnant women to kill their unborn children by abortion, is an illegal and unconstitutional act of judicial usurpation because there is no language nowhere in the Constitution that even remotely suggests that abortion is a constitutional right. ”Read the language of the ordinance.
Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn, a nonprofit group funded by Right to Life of East Texas, reportedly helped Mason’s council members develop language for ordinance.
A number of cities in the United States have approved or are considering severe abortion bans and restrictions. A recent Texas law prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allows 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 result could affect Roe vs. Wade and, subsequently, legislation and health care across the country, including Ohio.
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 argued that the abortion pills Misoprostol and Mifepristone should be available for its use through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protects the use of peyote by Native Americans in religious rituals. The Temple said those 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, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order bypassing the legal entanglement and suspending “normal rulemaking” and authorizing the Ohio Department of Health to immediately adopt policies. rules related to the Law on Tissue Disposal.
Watch Mason’s October 25 council meeting below.
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