Morning Roundup: Fetus Testifying on Ohio Heartbeat Bill


Pregnant woman in Ohio will get a vaginal ultrasound in front of House committee so her fetus can “testify,” Arizona wants to further regulate medical abortion and discourage charitable donations to organizations that mention abortion, and Obama proclaims the start of Women’s History Month.

  • I swear this isn’t a headline from the Onion: “Fetus to ‘testify’ for anti-abortion bill.” Yes, folks, an anti-choice group in Ohio is putting a 9-week old fetus on the witness list. (How it will take the oath?) The fetus will be “testifying” in favor of the proposed legislation that would ban abortion after a heartbeat is detected. The woman in which the fetus currently resides will be given an ultrasound to show the fetus’s heartbeat. The article says “a pregnant woman will be brought before the committee and an ultrasound image of her uterus will be projected onto a screen. “ Now, just to be clear, a 9-week ultrasound is done by putting a condom on a probe, and inserting it 3-5 inches inside of a woman’s vagina in order to view the contents of her uterus. So, she will be having this done in front of a committee of state elected officials. Not awkward at all.
  • The Arizona House took a swipe at women’s reproductive freedom yesterday by passing two pieces of legislation related to abortion. First, they approved a proposal for physician oversight of medical abortion that would require the same procedures as surgical abortion, including a new requirement of an ultrasound and heartbeat detection, although the woman is not required to view or listen to either. Secondly, the House voted for a change in a charitable donation law that allowed a dollar-for-dollar credit for donations to organizations that “spend half of their funds on the poor, chronically ill or physically disabled.” Now, those same donations are only deductible if the organization says it “does not provide, pay for, promote, provide coverage of or provide referrals for abortions and does not financially support any other entity that provides, pays for, promotes, provides coverage of or provides referrals for abortions.”
  • Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month! Read the President Obama’s Proclamation; notice the complete absence of any mention of reproductive rights.

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  • saltyc

    Did the trials during witch-craze in Salem and Europe also feature women having things shoved up their nu-nu’s in public court order to determine something? Cause something about this insanity masquerading as fact-finding smells familiar.

  • crowepps

    Abortion Safer Than Childbirth, British Doctors’ Group Wants Women to Know

     

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2011/03/01/abortion-safer-than-childbirth-british-doctors-group-wants-wom/

     

    Particularly enjoyed the quote from Josephine Quintavalle of the Pro-Life Alliance, accusing the Royal College Of Medicine of “attempting to force an absurdly liberal agenda on women when they are at their most vulnerable.”   Her organization’s efforts to force their own conservative agenda are a TOTALLY different thing, I’m sure.

  • crowepps

    Abortion Safer Than Childbirth, British Doctors’ Group Wants Women to Know

     

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2011/03/01/abortion-safer-than-childbirth-british-doctors-group-wants-wom/

     

    Particularly enjoyed the quote from Josephine Quintavalle of the Pro-Life Alliance, accusing the Royal College Of Medicine of “attempting to force an absurdly liberal agenda on women when they are at their most vulnerable.”   Her organization’s efforts to force their own conservative agenda are a TOTALLY different thing, I’m sure.

  • ahunt

    http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2011/03/further-notes-from-the-conservative-murder-of-parody/comment-page-1#comment-98248

     

    From hv over at Lawyers, Guns and Money…I almost wet myself:

     

    Funny, they love medical science when it can detect the heartbeats. But when determining viability or the optimum procedure to abort, suddenly medical science is not to be heard.

    I propose an amendment truer to the spirit of this legislation: no abortions past the date that christian science can detect a fetal heartbeat. I’m sure Faith2Action will accept this friendly suggestion, as it ratchets up the role of faith.

  • plume-assassine

    I laughed out loud at your comment. This whole situation really creeps me out, though. They are going to the lengths of having a willing woman penetrated by an ultrasound probe in full-view of a court (of non-medical laypeople) in order to pretend that an insentient organismthe Sacred and Almighty Embryo is capable of “speech” and “testimony.” Nevermind that what they are actually showing the public of embryonic/fetal life is nothing new. Nevermind what the woman has to say, or women as a whole have to say. Because once again, a woman’s body is put on display for sexual voyeurism and objectification, and used as political tool.