Ohio Lawmakers Pass Controversial Heartbeat Bill

The Ohio General Assembly passed the controversial Heartbeat Bill last Tuesday. The bill makes abortion illegal once doctors can detect a heartbeat in a fetus. Lower courts have previously struck down similar laws in North Dakota and Arkansas. A heartbeat is usually present at around 6 weeks of pregnancy. The bill still requires the signature of former Republican presidential candidate and current Ohio Governor John Kasich.

John Kasich Heartbeat Bill
Ohio Governor John Kasich

The Heartbeat Bill drew criticism from the fact that it also outlaws abortions even in cases of incest or rape. The Bill faced toughed challenges in the past as it was shot down over concerns that such as bill would be deemed unconstitutional. Ohio Senate President Keith Faber shared his opinion on how they managed to successfully pass the bill:

“A new president, new Supreme Court appointees change the dynamic, and there was consensus in our caucus to move forward… I think it has a better chance than it did before.”
Ohio Senate President Keith Faber

The Senate passed the bill last Tuesday with a 56-39 vote. The new law would classify abortions as a fifth-degree felony and would require physicians to check for a heartbeat prior to performing any operations on their clients. Failure to do so or proceeding with abortion despite the presence of a heartbeat will be punishable with up to one year in prison. Doctors could also face civil lawsuits from their patients, as well as further disciplinary action.

“This bill — which was tacked on as a last-minute amendment to a child abuse prevention bill — makes no exceptions for rape or incest victims. It is cruel and plainly unconstitutional — but it seems like Ohio Republicans don’t care about the Constitution. Trump’s vision for America is already alive and well in the Buckeye State.”
Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Kathy DiCristofaro

Dublin Irish Festival This Weekend In Ohio

A taste of Irish is what the Dublin Irish Festival can offer to Ohioans and guests from out of town. This weekend, it all happens in Dublin, Ohio as locals and tourists need not travel across continents for that authentic Irish experience. The annual event that is now on its 23rd year officially starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and will run through Sunday, August 8th.

Men clad in skirts playing bagpipes are just some of the common sights at the three-day festival. Irish performers are slated to perform in this event that features seven stages and more than 60 acts including Irish band Solas, fiddler Natalie MacMaster and rock band Gaelic Storm.

Irish culture is rich in music and dancing, which makes this annual event something to look forward to. Other features such as an Irish food fair, shops, games and drinking make the Dublin Irish Festival an attractive event for families and friends.

157th Ohio State Fair Features Great Musical Performances

The 157th Ohio State Fair has kicked off this morning, beginning with ribbon-cutting rites by Governor Ted Strickland. This 12-day event features traditional fairground activities plus other new activities that may bring in new crowd as well.

The butter cow and calf sculptures now have company, being the butter sculptures of NFL stars Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns and Chinedum Ndukwe of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts matches are just some of the sporting events during the fair. Agriculture and livestock shows would still attract the traditional crowd of families and friends. The OSU dance team is also slated to perform short dance numbers to showcase their talent, school spirit and Buckeye pride.

With “Fairtastic” as its theme, there is a series of concerts from high-profile music performers. Unfortunately, Selena Gomez will no longer be performing due to some health issues but the roster of performers is still star-studded. Weezer, Darius Rucker, Jeff  Dunham, Jeremy Camp, Devo, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Rascal Flats, Heart, George Duke and David Sanborn comprise the list of performers expected to bring in more people to the fair.

On a yearly basis, about 800,000 visitors troop to the fair that reminds them that Ohio is a good place to live in.