I have always been proud to be from the south. However, I am also happy to know I moved to a state that is extremely pro-life. First, Ohio passed the heartbeat bill, which bans abortion after a heartbeat is detected. Now the state has introduced a new bill to teach the humanity of unborn children in public schools.
The legislation would require fetal development be taught in school, as well as prenatal humanity, in hopes that more people will understand human life.
The Humanity of the Unborn Child bill, also known as House Bill 90, says, the “state board of education, in collaboration with the department of health, shall develop an instructional program regarding the humanity of the unborn child,” in hopes of “achieving an abortion-free society.”
The curriculum is expected to provide “accurate, scientifically verifiable information concerning the probable anatomical and physiological characteristics of the unborn child” at different stages of gestation. It also bans officials “consult[ing] any organization that provides abortions” to develop the lessons.
HB 90 also requires the state health department to release to the public fetal development materials that “clearly and consistently state that abortion kills a living human being,” maintain a list of pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and adoption resources, and forbids educators from “refer[ring] a student to a medical facility or any provider for the performance of an abortion.”
“When we are able to more clearly see the scientific reality of life in the womb, we are also able to understand the brutality and inhumanity of abortion,” Ohio Right to Life legislative affairs director Jessica Warner testified in support of the bill, the Toledo Blade reports.
Opponents of the bill attacked it for “imposing” pro-life beliefs in public schools but not mandating information on subjects like contraception, and for barring the state from consulting the abortion industry (which has a financial stake in discouraging awareness of preborn humanity).
It isn’t about “imposing pro-life beliefs” but rather educating people about the importance of life and that life actually does begin at conception. Perhaps teaching this in school will have a greater impact on future generations, and cut the abortions being performed.