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Author of Heartbeat Ban Legislation Says Vote for Romney, or Else …

Robin Marty

Janet Porter is moving beyond abortion bans and throwing her political prowess into electoral politics.

Janet Porter, author of the Ohio bill that would ban abortions from the point at which an embryonic heartbeat could be detected, is difficult to sway from her convictions. She was told that the heartbeat ban would never be voted on because it was constitutionally unsound. But rather than retreating or re-writing the bill, she began campaigning directly against the lawmakers opposing her, even when they included the leader of the state Senate.

Porter is not accustomed to compromise. When she announced via Youtube that she is ready to finally endorse the Mitt Romney-and-Paul Ryan presidential ticket, it was a fairly bold move. Casting aside doubts that Romney isn’t Christian enough, or far enough to the right when it comes to reproductive rights, Porter chose to embrace him as better than the alternative. “Spare me the emails,” she admonished her audience.

I know the arguments, I know what the Mormons believe.  But I also know what the Mormons don’t believe. They’re not teaching our church members that to get to heaven they need to blow people up. They haven’t declared jihad and they aren’t pushing for shariah law.

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Sure you can possibly have freedom in a second Obama administration, but seeing as they are already arresting people for unpopular Youtube videos, I wouldn’t count on it.

Sitting in front of a blazing fire, Porter recounted her five reasons for supporting the Republican ticket, ranging from “Life” and “Marriage” to Israel and freedom itself.

Porter uses the same talking points as those the Susan B. Anthony List and other anti-choice political groups use to claim that the President supports infanticide and “partial-birth abortion.” She tells viewers that Obama will allow death panels to make your medical decisions, “no doubt about it.” However, a major section of her endorsement focuses on the administration’s reaction to the violence that erupted back in September over the anti-Islam Youtube video that ignited protests and caused many on the religious right to attack the administration.

If Barack Obama is given the “flexibility” of a second term, you can expect the internet to be regulated, the dollar to be worthless, the constitution to be shredded, and for the civilian military to show up on your door for speech violations…Either we unite behind Romney and Ryan now, or we tell our children what it was like to be free.

Porter’s five reasons for Romney support are two more than she and other religious- right activists are offering in their “Decree for America,” a new initiative launched by Porter and other extremist social conservatives. But overall, they are much the same: a God-granted quest to protect life from the moment of conception to natural death, a need to ensure that marriage is only between a man and a woman, and the desire to defend Israel and protect the world from “shariah law.”

In fact, other than declaring herself a “Biblical Zionist” as they do on their official page, Porter’s endorsement is almost identical to the views she and other Decree for America supporters express. Among other members of the Decree for America? David Benham, founder of the Charlotte714 project to “assist” and preach to delegates at the DNC. He is the son of Operation Save America’s Flip Benham.

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Ohio Heartbeat Bill Really, Really, REALLY Not Coming Up for a Vote (Really!)

Robin Marty

It's over this year. Again. Yes, again again.

I’ve developed a sort of love/hate relationship with Ohio’s Heartbeat Ban, a bill that I have been tracking almost since the moment of conception (get it? I can make those jokes, too!). Thanks to the bill I have had a chance to get to know activists and providers with whom I likely never would have come into contact, interviewing them for articles here and on other sites, as well as for an upcoming book, where the saga of the bill’s constant maneuvering will be the second chapter. I’ve in some ways enjoyed the crazy antics of Janet Porter and her followers, from balloons to fetus “testimony” to teddy bears and preschoolers. And above all, I’ve enjoyed Speaker Tom Niehaus’s constant blocking of her every move in the senate.

But enough already. Just end it. Please.

Yes, Janet Porter and Faith2Action decided to take one more swing at getting the bill before the senate for a vote, even with Niehaus’s emphatic statement that he was not going to let that occur. Porter announced a plan to try and circumvent the Speaker altogether by gathering enough Republican signatures on a discharge petition in order to bounce it out of the senate Health committee and up for a full vote.

Surely, at this point she should have realized that this wasn’t just politics anymore—it had gotten personal. To ensure the bill remained sidelined for the rest of the lame duck session, Niehaus took the bill’s two biggest supporters out of the Senate Rules and References committee. Then, once that committee was mostly Heartbeat Ban supporter-free, he held a vote to have the bill moved from the Health committee to the Rules committee, where it will wither away until the session concludes, since a discharge petition cannot be used on a bill that has spent less than 30 days in committee.

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“I made a decision this week to end Senate consideration of House Bill 125. Unfortunately, certain proponents of the bill continue to bully members of my caucus into bypassing the committee process and bringing it directly to the Senate floor for a vote. This move would effectively shut down all public input and hearing on a bill that has been changed multiple times without a single hearing on its newly proposed content,” Niehaus said in a statement released this morning, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Niehaus also made sure to send a message to the anti-choice activists that their strong-arming tactics throughout the course of the bill’s journey were not appreciated. He told the Associated Press:

“It’s clear that this bill saw some of the most intense lobbying efforts in recent memory — and that’s fine: I’m all for people advocating for their position, and being passionate about their position,” he said. “But threatening, in my opinion, goes over the line. And we saw tactics that I did not appreciate, and my members did not appreciate. And for a small faction of the pro-life community to target the most pro-life group of senators in recent memory was to me outrageous.”

So, finished. Finally. There are no more last minute maneuvers that can be performed to get the bill up for a vote this year. Of course next year, we can probably expect it to be one of the first bill proposed. But on the bright side for me, my book will already be at the printer.

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Original Author of First “Fetal Pain” Ban to Run for Governor of Nebraska

Robin Marty

Speaker of the House Mike Flood will run to replace the current governor of Nebraska.

Proposing anti-choice legislation was just the beginning for Nebraska Republican Speaker of the House Mike Flood. Now, the Republican wants to be the one to sign them.

Yes, Flood is running for Governor.

Via KLIN.com:

In what could be a crowded race for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2014, Speaker Mike Flood is ready to distinguish himself.

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Flood told KLIN’s Kevin Thomas, his time as Speaker of the Legislature gave him many opportunities to develop skills he would put to use as Governor.

Flood cites his work on the Abortion Pain Prevention Act showed his leadership showed his leadership and his support for a controversial pre-natal care bill shows his values.

Flood was not only the sponsor of the first 20-week post-conception “fetal pain” ban in the country, but was the organizer of the circus that became the testimony for the bill as well—testimony that was almost entirely pseudo-scientific “experts” trotted out by the National Right to Life Committee. Flood refused to allow any form of exception to the ban, including that of women with fetuses that are discovered to have anomalies, claiming that “allowing abortion for ‘disabled’ children should not be allowed.”

Flood has already proven to have a very tight relationship with Nebraska Right to Life, one of the most influential political groups in the state. Should he be elected governor, the anti-choice group’s power would no doubt grow even more significantly.