Martin Haskell, a late-term abortionist supports Issue 1 in Ohio, which aims to legalize abortions up to birth. Haskell, the inventor of the partial-birth abortion procedure, donated $100,000 to support Issue 1 so he can continue ending the lives of viable babies in abortions.
Haskell, who invented the procedure in Ohio and is the director of Women’s Med Center in Dayton, made the six-figure donation in March, campaign finance reports show.
The money was given to Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights PAC, one of three major groups pushing Issue One, a constitutional amendment that would end any statewide restrictions on abortion in Ohio.
“By allowing abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy and eliminating commonsense health and safety protections for women, Issue One gives free rein to late-term abortionists like Martin Haskell,” Amy Natoce, press secretary for amendment opponent organization Protect Women Ohio, told the Washington Examiner. “No Ohioan wants to bring that type of extremism and tragedy to our state.”
“Haskell gave $100,000 to the campaign supporting Issue One because he knows it is an investment in his late-term abortion practice,” Natoce, who pointed to past congressional testimony Haskell gave in 1996, in which he mentioned “routinely” performing such abortions at 20-24 weeks, said.
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Meanwhile, the heartbeat law has saved thousands of babies from abortion in Ohio in 2022, and it was only in effect for 11 weeks before a court blocked it. Had the pro-life law been in effect the entire year, abortions in Ohio could have dropped to very low numbers as mothers find better solutions and babies enjoy living.
As it was, the Ohio Department of Health’s newly released data show a total of 18,488 abortions for 2022, which is down from a total of a total of 21,813 abortions in 2021. That means 3,325 babies were saved from abortion compared to the previous year. And with Ohio’s population growing, that means even more babies were saved.
Should Issue 1 pass, Ohio will become the most radical abortion regime in the country, allowing for late-term abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, including when science confirms an unborn child is capable of feeling pain. As a constitutional amendment, Issue 1 will trump state law, rendering the heartbeat law unenforceable.
By failing to explicitly define viability, and by giving abortionists the final word in determining when post-viability abortions can be performed on a case-by-case basis, Issue 1 leaves the door wide open for painful, late-term abortions. Issue 1 also contains a major loophole by allowing late-term abortions to protect the “health” of the mother. The United States Supreme Court has interpreted “health” to include not just a mother’s physical health, but also her mental, emotional, social and financial health, essentially permitting late-term abortion for any reason.