For the third and, potentially, final time, the ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban is being considered by the state of Ohio.
Tuesday, State Senator Kristina Roegner (OH-27) introduced Senate Bill 23 (SB 23), commonly referred to as the ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill to the Ohio legislature. The bill would make all forms of abortion illegal one a viable heartbeat can be detected from the fetus. The bill has widespread support from conservative groups and has been fiercely opposed by progressive organizations. The Ohio chapter of Planned Parenthood tweeted out their opposition stating;
The early introduction of the SB 23, the unconstitutional six-week abortion ban, higlights the misguided and dangerous priorities of our state legislators. This bill seeks to ban abortion before most people know they’re pregnant. It’s shameful. #StopTheBans
The “six-weeks” ban they note is not completely accurate. As previously reported, heartbeat detection is dependent heavily upon available technology. A general stethoscope can identify a fetal heartbeat at nine weeks. While many in the pro-choice movement would like to focus their efforts on stopping this effort, some very controversial recent measures have significantly damaged them politically.
Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has passed the New York Reproductive Health Act. The law removes abortion from all criminal code. The act is so far-reaching that it essentially leaves abortion at any stage at the discretion of the doctor as well as protects them from prosecution for performing an illegal abortion. This leads to many questions as to how this bill could be potentially abused. This question was answered by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to a horrifying extent. In a recent interview he explained his support of the legislation as;
[Third trimester abortions are] done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that’s nonviable. So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.
If he is accurate then this means viable infants, existing independent of mothers could be killed. It could be argued that this is not an abortion but infanticide.
Ohio governor Mide DeWine has already pledged to sign the ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban. Former Ohio Govern John Kasich vetoed the measure in 2016 and 2018.
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Andrew Shirley is a reporter at Battleground State News and The Ohio Star. Send tips to [email protected].