As we all know the left gets squeamish when a baby is described as a (gasp) life form when it’s still in the womb.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will be the testing ground for a new approach to limiting abortions that would prohibit women from ending pregnancies at the first detectable fetal heartbeat, sometimes as early as 18 days after conception.
Republican state Rep. Lynn Wachtmann is preparing to unveil the so-called Heartbeat Bill on Wednesday. It is the first proposal of its kind in the nation, with Texas, Georgia and Oklahoma among states watching closely.
The bill was created by Janet Folger Porter, a native Ohioan and president of the conservative interest group Faith2Action. She says she helped craft the nation’s first ban on late-term abortions as a then-legislative director at Ohio Right to Life and again picked Ohio to be at the forefront. Forty of 99 Ohio representatives have signed onto the heartbeat bill.
“We can’t carry all the babies out of the burning building in one trip, but this bill will carry most of them out with it,” Porter said. “With this legislation, we can save more than 20,000 lives a year. We’ve been taking baby steps for a long time. This is a leap.”
Lobbying for the bill with Republican Gov. John Kasich and the Republican-controlled state Legislature will take the form of heart-shaped balloons sent to their offices. The bill also is being promoted on a website that features a music video complete with dancing babies and a few fetuses appearing to keep the beat from inside the womb.
“After all, Ohio is the ‘Heart of it All,’ so it’s only fitting that we protect our fellow human beings with beating hearts,” Wachtmann said in a release announcing the bill. “Already, other states are looking to Ohio to lead the way and provide model legislation for them to pass in their states.”
Kellie Copeland, executive director of the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, called all the fun images distasteful.
“It trivializes something that’s really serious,” she said. “If you’re going to outlaw abortion in the first trimester, at a point when many women don’t even know they’re pregnant, it’s not a warm fuzzy balloon situation.”