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Ohio Bipartisan Committee Sends Parental Consent Bill To House Floor

Last week, the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee voted to stand with Ohio Right to Life and protect parental rights and parental notification laws for minors seeking an abortion. By a 14 to 7 vote, the House Committee passed
H.B. 63, a bill to revise the process of judicial bypass under Ohio’s Parental Consent for Abortion statute.

Though Ohio law currently requires parental consent before a minor can obtain an abortion, a loophole exists which allows judges to by-pass parental involvement and allow a minor to obtain an abortion. H.B. 63, which is sponsored by Rep. RonYoung (R-Leroy) and Rep. Lynn Slaby (R-Copley), addresses the fact that some judges are giving virtual “rubber-stamp” approval to these minor’s requests.

In a 2008 Columbus Dispatch article on bypass hearings, one Franklin County judge indicated that she had never denied a bypass request and another judge stated that she had denied only one request. A 2003 Akron Beacon Journal survey found a bypass approval rate of either 86% or 92% (the latter when a county that lumped voluntary
dismissals with denials was excluded).

“We are pleased that the Committee has recognized that abortion can have serious life-changing effects on a young girl,” said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life. “H.B. 63 requires that, before cutting a girl’s parents out of the abortion decision, a judge must make sure that the girl understands the possible negative effects of abortion. It would also require the judge to determine whether the girl’s testimony really reflected her maturity or the ‘coaching’ of others,” Gonidakis said.

The continued and overwhelming support of Ohio Right to Life’s initiatives demonstrates the impact that responsible and compassionate pro-life policies can have. Protecting women and the unborn continues to unite our elected officials and saves lives.

H.B. 63 now moves forward for a full vote by the Ohio House of Representatives.

Representative Martin Introduces New Legislation

State Representative Jarrod Martin (R-Beavercreek) recently teamed up with his legislative colleagues to introduce two bills in the Ohio House of Representatives.

House Bill 61, which Representative Martin introduced with Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta), would afford private sector employers the option to offer compensatory time. This serves as an alternative to employers offering overtime pay to employees, which they must pay one and one-half times the employee’s hourly rate for each hour worked in excess of 40 hours per week by law.

“This bill offers a great alternative for businesses to save money,” Representative Martin said. “Not only is it necessary to find ways for our businesses to be economically efficient during these hard times, but this bill allows for flexibility to employees, creating a more family-friendly work environment.”

Representative Martin also introduced House Bill 54 alongside Representative Ron Maag (R-Lebanon). This legislation allows for the restoration of gun rights that brings Ohio into compliance with a recent Supreme Court ruling that asserted that to restore gun ownership rights for someone under firearm disability, there must be complete restoration.

“It is the Legislature’s responsibility to ensure that our laws are clear and can be upheld as constitutional,” Rep. Martin said. “There are currently people who are unintentionally breaking the current law because of the recent ruling due to the fact there is one category that cannot be restored to those under firearm disability.”

House Bill 61 and House Bill 54 will undergo further consideration and debate in their assigned House committees. Representative Martin offered sponsor testimony to the Economic and Small Business Development Committee on House Bill 61 last week and will soon be giving sponsor testimony on House Bill 54.