The Ohio Senate will not vote on two hotly contested pieces of anti-choice legislation — one that would have imposed the strictest abortion in the nation, and one that sought to strip funding from the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics — during their lame duck session this year, the current Speaker of the Senate announced on Tuesday.
State Speaker Tom Niehaus (R-OH) confirmed to the Columbus Dispatch that the Senate’s agenda for the rest of the year will not include those two bills, after he suggested earlier this month that state lawmakers might attempt to push them through.
One wonders why they even proposed it in the first place if they were just going to abandon the idea. Because from a public relations perspective, proposing this kind of legislation is nearly as bad as actually passing it. And it won’t be forgotten.