This Ohio Fetus Can Walk, Talk & Testify at a Hearing!

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ultrasoundAwwwww. This story is just precious.

A 9-week-old fetus from Ohio is about to become the youngest witness to ever testify before a state legislative committee.

The in-utero witness not only has developing fingernails, but it can also speak, and that it will do when it appears live before the Ohio House Health Committee via ultrasound to speak -- no doubt eloquently -- in support of the Heartbeat Bill, which would ban abortions as soon as a heartbeat can be detected. (In some cases, this is as early as 18 days after conception.)

Needless to say, abortion rights activists are up in arms -- apparently, they can't appreciate the inherent charm in having such an itty-bitty witness take the stand? And even other anti-abortion groups like Ohio Right to Life are refusing to endorse this move by Faith2Action (the group behind the bill).

The fetus itself has declined to comment, but that's understandable: No doubt it's waiting for its big moment in the spotlight Wednesday.

Here's how the proposed Heartbeat Bill would challenge the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade mandate:

Under Roe v. Wade, women have the right to abort a fetus until it is "viable" -- which means that it is "potentially able to live outside the mother's womb, albeit with artificial aid." States can restrict abortion around the point of viability -- which is typically around seven months, although this is certainly contested on a consistent basis as new advances are made in technology and neonatal care.

Supporters of the Heartbeat Bill attempt to move the "point of viability" even earlier than previous bills, arguing that because a fetus has a heartbeat (as demonstrated by the witness), then it is "alive." The only problem? Even though a fetus has a heartbeat, that doesn't mean it is yet viable.

For abortion rights supporters, one of the most infuriating parts of the bill is that it would ban abortion before a woman would even know she is pregnant. Think about it: Many women don't know they are pregnant at 18 days. By the time they are even aware of it, their window has passed and they don't have any part of the decision.

Laurence H. Tribe, a constitutional scholar and professor at Harvard Law School, explained the inherent problem with the bill:

What they're doing is trying to push the point at which the woman's rights are subordinated to those of the unborn to a much earlier point in pregnancy.

And nowhere is this subordination more apparent than having a fetus "testify" in court while the woman who is pregnant with it sits there in silence.

What do you think the fetus will say up there on the stand?

 

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thepr... thepragmatist

At 18 days, pretty much all the fetus is is a booger with a heartbeat.


Don't get me wrong, after deciding I was ready to get pregnant and spending a couple months trying, I was thrilled as can be at 8 weeks to see that little pulsing booger, but that was more about all the hopes and dreams I had for it's possible potential than for anything it actually was at this moment.


But the extreme right wing puts the potential of that little heartbeat ahead of the actual living, breathing existance of the woman who hosts it because, in their minds, the woman is already tainted enough to get whatever "punishment" she deserves. The little sesame sized bundle of flesh is an "innocent" that should be protected at all costs until it comes out and becomes somebody else's problem.

meatb... meatball77

It's going to say "I wish people would care about my welfare once I was born as much as they care about me now."


 


 

bsawy... bsawyer84

Good one meatball :). I think these people live very sad, very shallow lives. Oooh, let's go back to the days of back alley abortions! Yay! Morons.

LindA... LindAngeLevi

That is the cutest thing ever. I really hope it goes through I know to many people that have had more than 10 abortions while the baby is even 3-4 months old and they just laugh about it like its whatever. They think having sex without a condom or birth control is more important than the life they are killing. The government wants you to think its not a life. Or its a "booger" which it is not. It is a delicate life forming and weren't we all that small at one time?

Nicho... NicholasMama608


At 18 days, pretty much all the fetus is is a booger with a heartbeat.


Don't get me wrong, after deciding I was ready to get pregnant and spending a couple months trying, I was thrilled as can be at 8 weeks to see that little pulsing booger, but that was more about all the hopes and dreams I had for it's possible potential than for anything it actually was at this moment.


But the extreme right wing puts the potential of that little heartbeat ahead of the actual living, breathing existance of the woman who hosts it because, in their minds, the woman is already tainted enough to get whatever "punishment" she deserves. The little sesame sized bundle of flesh is an "innocent" that should be protected at all costs until it comes out and becomes somebody else's problem.



Mar 1, 2011 at 2:04 PM



^^^I agree.



nonmember avatar Anon

People who have not read Roe v. Wade should not comment on what it decided. ... The other day my 4-year-old asked me, "why is skin skin and not some other part of the body?" Well, because very shortly after conception, cells start to specialize and that is what makes us all unique human beings. That's the fact. No point getting defensive about it. ... I'll never understand why people think the ability to kill a baby is the basis for happiness. But if avoiding motherhood is so important, a little more attention to that pre-conception would generally provide the desired results without stopping a beating heart.

nonmember avatar elfishpirat

Good. I hope this passes and that other states adopt the same policy. A "fetus" is still human based on its DNA. It is in no way the mother's body, it is its own separate body with its own characteristics and traits..all in that one little cell. By banning abortions once you can hear a heartbeat, you are making people take responsibility for their own actions by putting a greater emphasis on birth control.

ethan... ethans_momma06

"and they don't have any part of the decision."


Disagree strongly with that statement. Aside from rape- a woman absolutely has had a hand in the decision making there.


I also disagree that pushing the point of viability makes the womans rights 'subordinant' to the fetus's. Rather, it would finally make their rights EQUAL.

vmh127 vmh127

Again, abortion is a woman's choice, no one should be able to control it one way or ther other.


 

coral... coralbeth

Personally I'm pro-choice. Yes I've had an abortion (3 1/2 years ago) and I fully regret it. But I wouldn't be a hypocrit and say to someone else that they shouldn't have one. But its not something to decide on lightly. There are "oops" babies who are concieved even with the use of birth control, would this apply to them? What if the parents are using BC because they know they can't afford a baby. Would they still have to have the baby even tho say the mother is using mirena? You gotta look at all the aspects, and I don't think this would be fair to people who did take precautions.

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