Take Back the Teddies!

Last week, supporters of the Ohio Heartbeat ban – which could be the most onerous ban on abortion in the country – lobbied their state senate with both little kids and bears that play beating heart noises.

Now, the senators want to return the bears to their owners.

Via NorthwestOhio.com:

According to The Columbus Dispatch, senators want to return the bears because they are estimated to cost around $30 to $35, which the legislators would have to legally report as gifts on financial-disclosure forms.

“I’m not sure what I would do with it. I don’t have a grandchild that would be able to use it,” said Mike Rowe, spokesman for the Senate’s Democrats, to the newspaper.

Ironically, the supporters don’t want the bears back, and said to give them to a crisis pregnancy center instead.  Which sort of symbolizes the whole anti-choice movement right there.

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  • equalist

    Perhaps they could donate them to a battered women’s shelter or some kind of child trauma center?

  • squirrely-girl

    Not sure political statement teddies are great to donate anywhere… if they want to donate them fine, but I think it’s an inappropriate donation from a state official.

  • equalist

    As long as they don’t have anything ridiculous sewn onto them, like a banner or embroidered political message, I don’t see anything wrong with it.  I’ve seen bears like this on the market, and was actually looking into getting one for my youngest daughter when she was tiny as the heartbeat can be soothing to babies.