The lobbying effort to end abortion in the United States moved into strange new territory Wednesday as two fetuses were presented via ultrasound to a packed committee room of the Ohio state legislature.
Two women were laid out six metres away from state legislators while a technician used a probe to show images of each woman’s fetus on a portable screen.
A heart monitor was used to project the sound of the beating heart of each fetus, nine and 15 weeks respectively.
I'm wondering why they needed the 15-week baby. An 8-week baby would have been ideal, since according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half of all abortions in the US are performed at eight or fewer weeks of gestation, and there is an audible heartbeat at 8 weeks.
Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, the state wing of the country’s most powerful abortion rights group, called the scene in the committee room absurd, and labelled the bill one of the most aggressive since the Roe vs. Wade ruling in 1973.
The bill would make it illegal for an abortion to be performed once a heartbeat can be detected in the womb.
Since the heartbeat can be detected in a fetus at about six weeks, and many women are not even aware they are pregnant until after six weeks, the bill would essentially ban abortion, said Ms. Copeland.
Paging Captain Obvious. The whole point is to make people very aware of what abortion does -- kill a living human being -- and trust basic human decency to do the rest.
“Did these legislators really need to see a fetus in the committee room to know it has a heartbeat?” she said. “The whole thing was absurd. It seemed like the members of the committee had no idea what an ultrasound looked like or ever heard of a fetal heart monitor before.”
It's perfectly reasonable to believe that some of these legislators, like the Planned Parenthood-trained college students in Colorado, have been taught by abortion advocates that the heart doesn't beat until 24 weeks. And it's fun to force an abortion advocate to admit in public that abortion does typically target a being with a beating heart.
Even while (no doubt painfully) admitting this fact, Ms. Copeland evidently believes that she, herself, should be the ultimate arbiter of what information women should be given when considering abortion:
“This is not the kind of information that women need to decide whether they are going to get an abortion,” she said.
It's also interesting to note the schizophrenic thinking the bill is already provoking. Robin Marty simultaneously decries "Abortion Stops a Beating Heart" to be a "misleading claim", but evidently also true, since she also points out that banning abortions once the heartbeat can be observed would create in effect "a total abortion ban."