Democratic Party leaders in Ohio said Wednesday they will make ''women's health issues'' one of their top priorities in election campaigns this year. Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic candidate for governor, accused Gov. John Kasich and Republican legislators of undertaking ''extreme proposals'' to limit abortions.
So that is what ''women's health'' is, in the minds of leading Ohio Democrats - unfettered access to abortions.
What of those ''extreme proposals?'' Among the most controversial, condemned roundly by Planned Parenthood, is the new informed consent law. It requires that before abortions, women be informed if their fetuses' hearts have started beating. It also stipulates that women considering abortions be told of the statistical probability of bringing their fetuses to term.
That's all. The law merely insists that women be given information before they allow organizations such as Planned Parenthood to abort their babies. How is that ''extreme?''
Extremism is present in the debate over abortion - on the side of those who want no limits at all placed on it.