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Ohio governor vetoes “Heartbeat Bill”

Ohio governor vetoes “Heartbeat Bill”

Ohio governor and former Episcopalian (now ACNA Anglican), John Kasich has vetoed the “Heartbeat Bill” which would ban all abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat with few exceptions.  According to his veto message,the Governor’s primary objections to the bill were financial.

“Certain provisions that were amended into Am. Sub. HB 493, however, are clearly contrary to the Supreme Court of the United States’ current rulings on abortion.

Similar legislation enacted in two other states has twice been declared unconstitutional by federal judges, and the Supreme Court declined to review those decisions. Because the federal courts  are bound to follow the Supreme Court’s rulings on abortion, the amendment to Am. Sub. HB  493 will be struck down. The State of Ohio will be the losing party in that lawsuit and, as the losing party, the State of Ohio will be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover the legal fees for the pro-choice activists’ lawyers.”

He also objected to the additional costs of setting up the adoption promotion programs called for in the bill;

“This item appropriates an additional $100,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the  Department of Jobs and Family Services (“the Department”) for adoption services. While I strongly support the promotion of adoption and have worked to expand adoption supports and efforts in my Administration, the Department currently has sufficient funds in the current budget for these purposes. Accordingly, additional appropriation for adoption services is not warranted at this time.”

Kasich reaffirmed his pro-Life position though and did sign another bill which would ban abortions after 20 weeks with exceptions for medical emergencies that endanger the woman, but not for rape or incest. This would be a change to Ohio Law that currently bans abortions after 24 weeks, but with exceptions for rape. incest, and the mother’s life.  According to the Columbus Dispatch, only 145 of the nearly 21,000 abortions performed in Ohio last year occurred after 20 weeks.

In a statement, Kasich said;

“I agree with Ohio Right to Life and other leading, pro-life advocates that Senate Bill 127 (the 20-week ban) is the best, most legally sound and sustainable approach to protecting the sanctity of human life.”

The “Heartbeat Bill’s” most ardent supporter, Janet Porter of Faith2Action, immediately denounced Kasich’s “betrayal of life” and promised to launch an effort to override the governor’s veto.


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Kenneth Knapp

It seems to me that we spend too much time on who is in or out of the AC. The split was a fight amongst bishops and clergy. For those of us in the pews I don’t think the political affiliations of our clergy matter that much. I am personally in communion with those whose parishes elected to go with ACNA. It is sad that the progressive and evangelical clergy don’t have the Christian humility to get along.

Bruce Kozak

Very well stated.

Prof Christopher Seitz

Josiah Fearon was interviewed recently and said he believed the Covenant (with a new section D) would be a good instrument for defining what the AC is. And he said that this was so no matter what the CofE did in this regard. So perhaps the use of the word ‘Anglican’ is now in the eye of the beholder. And perhaps even +Canterbury accepts that.

John Chilton

Gosh, are you talking about the interview where Fearon said that in most of the communion the problems are not to do with homosexuality? It’s just the “African leadership seems to be taken in by American conservatives”? That statement suggests his view is that ACNA is not a member of the communion in any way.

Yes, he is also interviewed about a new section 4/D, but it’s not clear to me what he has in mind.

David Allen

He believes people ought willingly to agree what the communion is and sign on to that.

We took both of those steps over 100 years ago. Folks who want a Covenant are no longer happy with what we agreed to and wish a more centralized form of Communion government.

Me and my house like it the way it has been from our beginning.

Prof Christopher Seitz

“That statement suggests his view is that ACNA is not a member of the communion in any way.”

He said no such thing. Not that it matters apparently to you, but his view is far closer to the sentiments below. That explains his view on the covenant. He believes people ought willingly to agree what the communion is and sign on to that. Or not. He is referring to no present inside/outside listing such as you intimate. That kind of idea is manifestly now otiose.

John Chilton

Kasich was originally a Catholic who joined the Episcopal Church. He is now a member of the conservative splinter group, the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). ACNA is not a part of the Anglican Communion. It is recognized by many provinces of the communion, and its tradition is Anglican as are other churches in the U.S. that are not affiliated with the Anglican Communion (for example, the Reformed Episcopal Church). He is, in that sense, Anglican.

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