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Duggar Family Joins 24-Year-Old Ohio Lawmaker to Reintroduce Heartbeat Bill

Michelle Duggar: Lawmakers who do not vote to support life need to be replaced.

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Paula Bolyard

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August 17, 2013 - 9:00 am
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Ohio Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) Photo: Created Equal

Ohio Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance)
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On Thursday, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar and 17 of their 19 children joined Ohio legislators and pro-life advocates at a press conference reintroducing the Ohio Human Heartbeat Protection Act, known as the Heartbeat Bill. The bill’s primary sponsor, 24-year-old Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance), said, “We’re ready to light the fire again and we’re ready to go to battle and fight for what is most important in the world, and that is life. We’re not willing to take ‘no’ for an answer.”

The bill, with 40 co-sponsors, would ban all abortions after a baby’s heartbeat is detected, making it the strictest abortion law in the nation. A similar bill passed the House in 2011 but died in the Senate last session when Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-Richmond) refused to bring it to the floor for a vote. Since then, Arkansas and North Dakota passed similar laws, which were promptly blocked by federal judges. Many expect the North Dakota law to ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.

Co-sponsor Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon) thinks that a growing list of state Heartbeat Bills could put pressure on the courts. “I don’t think the justices of the Supreme Court are immune to public opinion.” When asked why they are going through this again, Wachtmann says, “In America, it’s always a great day to work to save more babies.”

Michelle Duggar, mother of the brood from the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, said, “If the powers that be do not vote to support life, then they need to be replaced by those who will.” Among the 19 Duggar kids in attendance was 4-year-old Josie, who was born prematurely at 25 weeks, weighing only 1 pound 6 ounces. In many states it is legal to abort a baby after 24-weeks gestation. Jim Bob Duggar worked to help pass the Heartbeat Bill in the family’s home state of Arkansas.

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Yes, Paula, it's the original 'inconvenient truth.' But when has reality ever been a matter of convenience? The pro-abortion stance needs something to believe in, it needs to believe that life is not life and that a baby isn't a baby, except in the convenient circumstance. The pro-abortion advocate needs to believe that irrational people have an interest in countermanding the right of someone to practice pre-fertilization birth control.

By what other measure have we been able to ascertain the health and direction of the west, and America's health particularly, than the state of abortion attitudes and laws. Could there BE a better measure of our willingness to deny reality in every sphere; economic, political, social, ethical--it's boundless.
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Why do you get to impose your belief in abortion on demand on an unborn child and kill it? How about that little baby's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Or his 1st Amendment rights? Science tells us that an unborn baby with a heartbeat is alive. Why does a mother and her doctor get to cause him to die?

And I'd like to see some names of people who are pushing to make contraceptives illegal in this country.

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I'll bite and play God's advocate. If a woman, with her own money, decides to kill her 5 year old child, it is our society's (government in this day) responsibility to punish that.
If she wants to maim her own body so she can't have children, that's her business. But when she harms another human being, no matter what their age or location, that needs to be stopped. If there happens to be another human inside her body, harming that person is not her prerogative. Just as abandoning her baby to die or stabbing it with a pair of scissors in it's crib would be punishable by society, killing it where you can't see it (in the womb) must be too.
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You don't have to be a holy roller with umpteen kids to be for a heartbeat law. You merely have to be a godfather who gets to go with your best friend and his wife when they have their first sonogram two-three months into their second pregnancy, and see this little marvelous teddy-bear-sized morsel of life in there... and see it move a bit and respond as Dad pokes Mom way too hard and Mom laughs like hell and slap/pushes Dad away while you and the doc both LOL... That's all.

At a certain point, uber-militant feminists, it isn't your body anymore. There's somebody else's body in there. Ordinary people are growing to understand this, and your trumpeting of in-womb infanticide as a civil right is setting a lot of teeth on edge.
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Hello. I'm a California Republican, living in San Diego. Everyone in the world is aware of the sexual assaults of our mayor, Bob Fil(th)ner. In fact, he's even worse than everything you've heard and was provoking speculation that he wouldn't serve his full term BEFORE the sex scandal juggernaut.

He narrowly defeated a Republican named Carl DeMaio last November. As a Republican on a majority-Democrat City Council, DeMaio fought for and GOT one reform after another in this city, and I mean against pensioners and unions. His fund-raisers (he's now running for Congress) are always sponsored and attended by plenty of old, fat, white people. He says that other people are always telling him they love his ideas for local governance, but they can't get past the "R." The reason is everything ELSE Republicans stand for.

His views for "Fixing Congress First" are dangerous to establishment RINOs in a way that should be nothing but good news for Tea Partiers and true conservatives. There is evidence that Democrats are worried about him not only because of his ideas and history, but because he could get more Republicans elected.

Uh-oh. He doesn't put it in the center of his campaign, but he "supports a woman's right to choose." Cool, maybe we can decapitate him before he even gets to D.C. Keep making him pay for an issue that Congress can barely influence.
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I like what they are doing.

But will now play devils' advocate. I don't care what a person does with their own money and their own body. So if a woman wants an abortion and it is between her and her doctor, that shouldn't concern me, and I don't want to know.

It is when people demand that I pay for their choices that I get really upset. You want control of your life, you N.O.W. members, then don't ask others to pay for your choices.

That is being a child wanting mommy and daddy to bail you out.

48 weeks ago
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I'll bite and play God's advocate. If a woman, with her own money, decides to kill her 5 year old child, it is our society's (government in this day) responsibility to punish that.
If she wants to maim her own body so she can't have children, that's her business. But when she harms another human being, no matter what their age or location, that needs to be stopped. If there happens to be another human inside her body, harming that person is not her prerogative. Just as abandoning her baby to die or stabbing it with a pair of scissors in it's crib would be punishable by society, killing it where you can't see it (in the womb) must be too.
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