Ohio “Heartbeat” Bill On Hold, “Not Quite Ready”

Anti-choice activists in Ohio have put a lot of effort into stunt testimony for the “heartbeat” bill, a legislative push to ban abortion after the point in which the heartbeat can be detected — as early as 18 days post conception in some cases.  From sending heart-shaped balloons to legislators on Valentine’s Day to having fetuses “testify” via ultrasound during the bill review, the proponents of the bill definitely have garnered media attention.

But the bill, which was supposed to be potentially voted on Wednesday, ended up getting delayed instead, because its sponsor said it was “not quite ready.”

Via WTOV 9:

The House Health Committee decided against voting Wednesday on a proposal to outlaw abortions after the first medically detectable heartbeat. Chairman Lynn Wachtmann said it was “not quite ready.”

[T]he bill’s future is uncertain. Opponents said the so-called “heartbeat bill” would be unconstitutional.Republican House Speaker Bill Batchelder hasn’t said whether he supports the legislation, saying he wants to consider what the legal defense would be first.

The bill is so blatantly unconstitutional that even the state’s Right To Life Chapter has refused to endorse the law, knowing that it will never actually be enacted and not wanting to divert efforts from other abortion bans in the legislature that might have more of a chance at success.

The “heartbeat” supporters may be working to get the bill “right,” but they’d have more luck just putting together another stunt for media attention and then calling it a day.

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  • goatini

    of a physician who worked in a Catholic hospital, that was truly chilling to me.  He testified about attending a woman who was near death, pregnant with a highly compromised, non-viable fetus.  

    In a REAL hospital that provides REAL care to people, and that does not specifically discriminate against pregnant females and deny them life saving health care, the fetus would have promptly been removed, and then all efforts to save the woman’s life would have properly and ethically been made, in the shortest time possible after her presenting in such a high state of distress.  

    But in the hospital with a policy of denying life-saving care to women, the doctor stood there helplessly as the woman’s life ebbed further and further away, while the fetal heartbeat continued.  

    The doctor surreptitiously snapped the umbilical cord, and saved the woman’s life.

    So much for this insane “fetal heartbeat” misogynist garbage.  

    I’ll never forget this; it was awful — I had one of my partners accept this patient at 19 weeks. The pregnancy was in the vagina. It was over… And so he takes this patient and transferred her to [our] tertiary medical center, which I was just livid about, and, you know, “we’re going to save the pregnancy.” So of course, I’m on call when she gets septic, and she’s septic to the point that I’m pushing pressors on labor and delivery trying to keep her blood pressure up, and I have her on a cooling blanket because she’s 106 degrees. And I needed to get everything out. And so I put the ultrasound machine on and there was still a heartbeat, and [the ethics committee] wouldn’t let me because there was still a heartbeat. This woman is dying before our eyes. I went in to examine her, and I was able to find the umbilical cord through the membranes and just snapped the umbilical cord and so that I could put the ultrasound — “Oh look. No heartbeat. Let’s go.” She was so sick she was in the [intensive care unit] for about 10 days and very nearly died… Her bleeding was so bad that the sclera, the white of her eyes, were red, filled with blood… And I said, “I just can’t do this. I can’t put myself behind this. This is not worth it to me.” That’s why I left.

  • arekushieru

    Hm, guess it doesn’t matter whether the woman has a heartbeat.  Just appalling, sickening, disgusting, etc…..

  • crowepps

    Google “woman coma pregnant birth” and you’ll see that having a working brain and actual consciousness aren’t requirements for giving birth or being a ‘mother’ — it’s a process the female body can complete when the brain is offline.  Which makes it kind of sad that there are women out there who insist ‘I valuable because I gave birth’ or worse, ‘you’ve NOT valuable because you haven’t given birth’.  I personally don’t see it as much of a skill to ‘complete a pregnancy’ when it can be accomplished by someone the next thing to dead.


    My guess is their ‘problem’ with the bill is that medically detecting the heartbeat happens a LOT later than they claim it does.  And most abortion are completed BEFORE that date.

    “Most of the time, doctors should be able to find the baby’s heartbeat with a baby doppler by the end of the first trimester (by 12 weeks). Some doctors do not even begin checking for the heartbeat with a doppler device before then to avoid causing unnecessary concern.”


  • crowepps

    They really, REALLY need the money:


    Northwest Jesuits Settle Massive Sexual Abuse Lawsuit for $166 Million


  • arekushieru

    But… but… but… the fetal heartbeat is actually being supported by the blood being pumped through the umbilical cord….  Guess they really don’t care about the woman’s heartbeat.  As long as something has a close facsimile to a heartbeat that can be used to punish a woman for ‘unnatural’ acts, they don’t care.