Boyd introduces most anti-black law ever for an Ohio lawmaker

COLUMBUS, OH – State Rep. Janine Boyd represents an Ohio “House” district from Cleveland Heights that’s majority populated by men, women and children whose ancestral roots in this nation are to slavery.   With the skill of a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, the “black” representative avoided a lot of statistics to push an amendment that exempted the lives of babies of women who are Descendants of Slaves from being saved under the state’s new “heartbeat” law.  According to Boyd, Ohio physicians should be authorized by law to kill only the babies of black women. 

There’s no logical reason for Cleveland Heights State Rep. Janine Boyd, who serves the 9th District, to have introduced a racist amendment that had the intent of killing black unborn children, exclusively, in Ohio.

The reason for Boyd’s racist amendment was as offensive as her amendment.  She sought to use “slavery” to justify it during the house health committee’s hearing as she introduced two amendments.  Her statement below begins around 49 minutes into the video found at this link.  https://www.ohiochannel.org/video/ohio-house-health-committee-4-9-2019

“The United States is about 242 years old. We’re not the youngest but we are by far not the oldest. There are many countries much older than we are. Still trying to find ourselves, almost like teenagers. When I think about how young we are, I think about and I consider our history — both the beautiful sides and the very ugly sides, specifically slavery.

I consider the slave trade and how black slaves were once treated like cattle and put out to stud in order to create generations of more slaves. I consider how many masters raped their slaves. I consider how many masters forced their slaves to have abortions, and I consider how many pregnant slaves self-induced abortion, so that they would not contribute children they had to the slave system that was the foundational economic system of our country, our younger country.

And so I submit to you respectfully that our country is not far enough beyond our history to legislate as if it is. And so I ask you, with all of your values, to consider that, and vote Yes to this amendment. “

Although the tone of her voice had a ring of authority to it as Boyd spoke from the “ranking member’s” chair; the words the “childless” legislator used lacked any sense of valid historical perspective as a defense of an amendment that placed no value on the lives of Descendant of Slaves babies. 

The practice of scraping an unborn child from his or her mother’s womb was outlawed in 2017 by Ohio lawmakers. State Rep. Janine Boyd asked state lawmakers to exempt black women from this barbaric practice and others.

In no way did Boyd’s amendment reflect Cleveland’s black community’s horror that more than 20 million black children have been slaughtered since Roe v. Wade and 1973.  She ignored all data showing how Descendant of Slaves babies are being murdered by their mothers in conspiracy with physicians at a rate of 25 per 1000 compared to 7 per 1000 for white women.

Boyd ignored the reality that 36 percent of all abortions done in the USA are of Descendant of Slaves babies though their mothers represent 13 percent of the nation’s population.  For every 1000 Descendants of Slaves babies who are given birth about 390 are killed compared to 111 for white women. 

The continued “genocide” and mass murdering of black Ohio children was shockingly asked by a so-called representative of black people to continue; and Boyd was not alone.  State reps Terrence Upchurch, Stephanie Howse, Emilia Sykes, Thomas Grant all voted against the lives of black Ohio babies that mattered. 

Black Democratic Cleveland lawmakers who opposed the Republican-led “heartbeat” bill that made the lives of black babies matter created a caucus to address the infant mortality of black babies who are dying at a rate higher than white babies. This shit coming from Janine Boyd and Stephanie Howse makes no fucking sense whatsoever.

What makes Boyd’s thinking even more convoluted was the “caucus” she, Howse, Sykes and other black women legislators created to protect the life of “mothers” from their life-threatening unborn children.  In Boyd’s “child-less” mind an unborn child is a threat to the body of the mother.  The “child” is nothing more than “tissue” like a wart she has a choice to remove. 

The “heartbeat” bill Boyd and the state’s Democratic black lawmakers opposed is found under Chapter 2919 of Ohio’s revised code.  It exists under the caption “Offenses against families.”   The earlier statutes were enacted in 1974 after 1973’s Roe v. Wade Supreme Court of the United States ruling.

The 1974 offenses against families included bigamy, manslaughter in connection with abortions and trafficking in the bodies and parts of the slaughtered children.  State lawmakers then made it criminal to kill a child born alive or that has a chance of surviving outside the mother’s body.

From 1974 under Republicans James Rhodes until the 1990’s, and George Voinovich’s two terms as governor, the abortion or “family offenses” laws remained flat.  It wasn’t until legislators under Voinovich, who adopted President George Bush’s “faith based” governing, took a sharper pencil to the state’s offenses against families and added more laws to protect unborn babies in the 1990’s.  

State Rep. Janine Boyd’s backers are now out of the business of killing unborn black children and selling their body parts for profit.

Democrat Ted Strickland’s single term as governor resulted in no protections for unborn children.  In one year alone during Strickland’s four years in offce black women aborted 12,000 out of 19,000 babies aborted in the state.  They weren’t protected in Boyd and the other black lawmaker’s district in Cuyahoga County where 9 out of 12 abortion or “Planned Parenthood” clinics exist in black neighborhoods.

It wasn’t until John Kasich led the state as governor that more laws to protect unborn children were passed.  Lawmakers recently criminalized the practice of inserting sharp objects inside a woman’s uterus and scraping apart or dismembering the unborn baby. 

Under Governor Richard Michael DeWine, a father of 8 children, the law Boyd and the other black Democratic lawmakers opposed reads as follows:

Sec. 2919.195. (A) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, no person shall knowingly and purposefully perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of the unborn human individual the pregnant woman is carrying and whose fetal heartbeat has been detected in accordance with division (A) of section 2919.192 of the Revised Code. Whoever violates this division is guilty of performing or inducing an abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, a felony of the fifth degree.

(B) Division (A) of this section does not apply to a physician who performs a medical procedure that, in the physician’s reasonable medical judgment, is designed or intended to prevent the death of the pregnant woman or to prevent a serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.

The rejection of Boyd’s racist amendment was led by Republican State Rep. Derek Merrin.  He simply reminded the committee that laws applied to all Ohioans equally and sought a vote in support of the U.S. Constitution and all the “equal rights” laws Descendants of  Slaves fought for that Boyd was asking them to reject.  Amazingly, the vote against Boyd’s unconstitutional and racist amendment was not unanimous.  

11 Republicans voted against it and 7 Democrats voted for it.  All the committee’s black members were disgracefully okay with it.

Eric Jonathan Brewer

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