“If the heartbeat is detected, that child is protected.”

This one has the pro-abortion crowd worried.

Baby Development

Left to right: Embryo and fetus at 3 weeks; 7 weeks; 15 weeks; and 22 weeks.

Ohio pro-life activists, led by Janet Folger Porter, president of Faith2Action, are going to propose the “Heartbeat Bill.” If enacted, a child will have full protection of law as soon as a heartbeat can be detected.

The assumed sponsor of the bill will be none other than the GOP chairman of the House Health Committee, Rep. Lynn Wachtmann of Napoleon.

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, could only complain that the bill will lead to years of legal wrangling and that the legislature should be focused on jobs.

The supporters of the measure acknowledge that, if it becomes law, it likely would find its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In other words: “Bring it on.”

It’s a potential coup, really. From the medical standpoint, a heartbeat can frequently be detected in as few as 18-24 days from conception (that would be the left-most developmental depiction in the embedded image), which would eliminate the vast majority of abortions. And from the PR standpoint, any discussion about this legislation through the years will have one side pushing a “woman’s right to choose” and “women’s reproductive rights” and the other side advocating to protect “the child’s beating heart.” Good luck winning that PR battle pro-aborts.

Copeland realizes this. That’s why rather than talk about the legislation or whether “a beating heart” is a good point to say “it’s a baby,” she repeats the euphemism about “reproductive rights” and tries to change the subject to “JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!”

This one scares them. We’ll have to keep an eye on this one.


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  • Rebekah


    I think it’s a wonderful idea. If anyone else here has read Abby Johnson’s book, “unplanned”, it is easily seen how the perfect little child in the womb is refered to as a “fetus” or a “pregnancy,” instead of as a baby. They just want to decieve themselves on what it really is so they can live their own life, even at the cost of murdering their own child. If the mother was able to hear the heartbeat of her child, I believe many lives could be saved, the mother’s and their unborn.



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