from Mark Harrington, President of Created Equal
Columbus, OH – Apr 10, 2019 – Yesterday’s final Ohio House Health Committee hearing on theHeartbeat Bill (Senate Bill 23) came with a shocking twist. Representative Janine Boyd (D) of District 19 (Cleveland Heights) presented an amendment to allow the bill to protect all preborn children except African-American babies! The link to the Ohio Channel footage is below. Fast forward to 51:45 to watch Boyd discuss the amendment.
Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill would protect babies from abortion once their heartbeat is detectable. Boyd’s last-minute amendment sought to change the bill to exempt African-American women—thus allowing only black babies to be killed while babies of all other ethnicities would enjoy legal protection. If the irony wasn’t clear enough, Boyd underscored it herself while introducing the amendment:
“I consider the slave trade and how black slaves were once treated like cattle and put out to stud in order to create generations of more slaves. . . . I consider how many pregnant slaves self-induced abortion so that they would not contribute children they had to the slave system. . . . And so I ask you, with all of your values, to consider that and vote yes to this amendment.”
To reference owning humans as a defense of dismembering them is moral myopia. If is wrong to own humans, it is also wrong to intentionally kill them.
Further, Boyd subtly connects African-American women giving birth today with forced births to perpetuate slavery. Referencing abortion to avoid consigning children to slavery, she seems to suggest black children today should likewise not be born—which is exactly the purpose of her amendment. All of this is deeply insulting to African-American men and women raising their families.
Mark Harrington, President of Created Equal said,
“Every human being is valuable regardless of the color of his or her skin. To suggest that only African-American babies with detectable heartbeats should be killed in Ohio is shocking racism not befitting of a representative of the Ohio House. Representative Boyd should apologize for this insulting amendment and demonstrate her good faith with a vote on the Ohio House floor in favor of the Heartbeat Bill.”
The Heartbeat Bill did pass out of committee. Floor votes—possibly in the Ohio House and Senate—are expected today. Stay tuned for updates.
Created Equal is a social action movement consisting of young activists seeking to end the greatest human rights injustice of our time. Killing preborn babies is nothing less than age-based discrimination of the worst kind. Our goal is to restore the true meaning of equality to include equal protection between the born and the preborn.
We will continue this work until the day abortion is abolished, but we need your help. Please consider donating to this mission. Use this link for more information and to help Created Equal with their work.