Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Republican Senators Have the Power to Save the Heartbeat Bill

Republican Senators Have the Power to Save the 
Heartbeat Bill Before it Dies 

November 28, 2012 – For Immediate Release

After assuring pro-life leaders that he intended to bring the Heartbeat Bill to a vote after the November election, Senate President Tom Niehaus has broken yet another promise.

“What the OUTGOING Senate President has to say isn't nearly as significant as what the INCOMING Senate President and the 21 other Republican Senators can do about it,” said Janet Porter, President of Faith2Action, who initiated the Heartbeat Bill.

Porter circulated the state's first successful discharge petition in 1994, which led to the passage of the nation's first ban on Partial Birth Abortion. “We have been here before,” said Porter. “All we need is 17 Senate Republicans to sign a discharge form to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.”

“The Republican Senate majority has the power to force a floor vote--regardless of Niehaus' obstruction,” said Lori Viars, Vice President of Warren County Right to Life, and Vice Chair of Warren County Republican Party. “They've had two years to pass this bill. Are Senate Republicans who ran as pro-lifers really going to let this bill die?” asked Viars.

“Unless pro-lifers want to hold signs and march for 40 more years, they should pick up the phone and call every Republican Senator and demand a floor vote for the Heartbeat Bill before their inaction kills it,” said Porter. These Republicans have the power to bring the Heartbeat Bill to a vote before it dies:

*Senator Keith Faber 614-466-7584 (*Senate Leadership)
*Senator Shannon Jones 614-466-9737 (*Senate Leadership)
*Senator Tom Patton 614-466-8056 (*Senate Leadership)
Senator Bill Coley 614-466-8072
Senator Dave Burke 614-466-8049
Senator Troy Balderson 614-466-8076
Senator Kris Jordan 614-466-8086
Senator Kevin Bacon 614-466-8064
Senator Bill Beagle 614-466-6247
Senator John Eklund 614-644-7718
Senator Cliff Hite 614-466-8150
Senator Jim Hughes 614-466-5981
Senator Frank LaRose 614-466-4823
Senator Peggy Lehner 614-466-4538
Senator Gayle Manning 614-644-7613
Senator Larry Obhof, Jr. 614-466-7505
Senator Scott Oelslager 614-466-0626
Senator Bob Peterson 614-466-8156
Senator Tim Schaffer 614-466-5838
Senator Bill Seitz 614-466-8068
Senator Mark Wagoner 614-466-8060
Senator Chris Widener 614-466-3780

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