Pro-choice and pro-life advocates divided on heartbeat abortion bill

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The fight is not over in this heated Debate as pro-life proponents are claiming victory for the unborn but pro-choice advocates are pledging a legal battle. 

Deb Gibson of the Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance says, “A lot of people are worried about that. Worried that people will move out of or not wish to move into a state that has this type of restrictions on people.” 

There is more concern about how the heartbeat bill will impact the state, especially women’s healthcare, but Representative Niraj Antani is quick to counter. “Abortion is not healthcare. abortion ends the life of a beating heart. We believe that this will help the boys and girls in the world, the babies in the womb, get life.” 

Deb Gibson is a retired nurse practitioner who’s seen the medical dangers women face. “Women will have abortions whether it’s legal or not. And women who have unsafe abortions have as much as 40% complications, so women will die, and the fetus will die along with her.” 

Already the ACLU of Ohio indicates they’ll issue an immediate legal challenge, and Representative Antani admits he’s unsure what might happen next. “We’ll have to wait and see what happens at the courts. But my job is to legislate, we legislate based on protecting lives and protecting the lives of babies in this instance.” 

Gibson protested the bill at the statehouse Wednesday but says lawmakers in the majority are unwilling to listen. “I wish that I could say that I’ve not seen a blind eye to some of the issues that of been brought up from pro-choice.” 

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