Ohio State Senator Tina Maharath (D-Columbus) has introduced Senate Bill 78 which, if passed, would criminalize smoking cigarettes in a motor vehicle when children under the age of six are present. Sen. Maharath considers exposing kids to tobacco smoke “child abuse.” She says she is determined to “protect children who don’t have the chance to make a choice for themselves.”
That’s an interesting choice…of words. I’m sure the good senator also wants to protect children in the womb-- who don’t have the chance to make a choice for themselves-- from being aborted. No? Surely, she will at least wish to criminalize late-term abortion in the Buckeye State. After all, smoke getting in your eyes is irritating, but having your brains vacuumed out and limbs pulled off your torso is arguably even worse, is it not?
If S.B. No. 78 passes, an Ohio mom driving her daughter to daycare while smoking a camel could be nailed with a $500 fine. However, if she chooses to end the life of a child in her womb, she’d be eligible for financial assistance from a number of government-supported programs.
What a topsy-turvy world we live in. Kids are now being encouraged to undergo sex-change procedures, adding and removing body parts and hormones as if they were nothing more than features on an automobile. Cigarette smoking is now considered such an evil that it has its own warning on movie and television show ratings. Yet marijuana, with all the carcinogens of cigarettes-- and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a powerful psychoactive drug that can induce hallucinations, change thinking and cause delusions to boot, is being legalized in cities and states around the fruited plain.
CVS, a national pharmacy chain, quit selling cigarettes some time ago, yet will soon start selling cannabidiol-infused products. (Cannabidiol [CBD] is similar to THC and derived from cannabis plants). Jelly Belly Candy Company is introducing CBD-infused jelly beans. Gotta protect our young ones!
No word yet if S.B. 78 calls for fines to be double for moms who are caught smoking while taking their 5-year-old daughters along with their older sisters to the abortion clinic for the latter’s “women’s health care procedures.”