AFRICANGLOBE – Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a bill that bans abortions as soon as the baby’s heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks.
But before it passed, a Democrat state representative from Ohio tried to make sure Black babies were excluded from the pro-life bill and could be aborted for any reason up to 20-weeks.
Rep. Janine Boyd proposed Amendment 0291 which would have provided an exception for Black mothers to abort their babies.
Boyd suggested protecting Black children from abortion is akin to slavery.
“Black slaves were once treated like cattle and put out to stud in order to create generations of more slaves,” she said during her remarks, which were broadcast on The Ohio Channel. “Our country is not far enough beyond our history to legislate as if it is.”
State Rep. Derek Merrin, a Republican and chair of the committee, challenged Boyd’s claims and said the law should be applied to all unborn children, regardless of their skin color.
Ultimately, the amendment did not pass and virtually every baby with a beating heart in Ohio will be protected from abortion. The only exception is in cases when the mother’s life is threatened.
Still, pro-life activists were outraged by Boyd’s amendment.
“To reference owning humans as a defense of dismembering them is moral myopia. If it is wrong to own humans, it is also wrong to intentionally kill them,” said pro-life group Created Equal president Mark Harrington.
Former Planned Parenthood executive turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson also criticized Boyd’s amendment, saying, “apparently a 38% national abortion rate in the African-American community isn’t enough.”
Meanwhile, pro-abortion groups continue to threaten legal action against the newly-signed pro-life bill.
“Similar versions of this unconstitutional abortion ban stand 0-4 in federal court. Soon to be 0-5,” the American Civil Liberties Union Ohio chapter tweeted.
By: Emily Jones