An unborn child is going to take the stand as a witness to testify on behalf of a bill in the Ohio legislature outlawing abortion after the first detectable heartbeat.
Faith2Action, the anti-abortion group that has targeted Ohio to pilot the measure, called the in-utero witness the youngest to ever come before the House Health Committee at nine weeks old.
Faith2Action president Janet Folger Porter said the intent is to show lawmakers who will be affected by the bill, which is opposed by Ohio Right to Life and abortion rights groups as unconstitutional.
An aide to committee Chairman Lynn Wachtmann said a pregnant woman will be brought before the committee and an ultrasound image of her uterus will be projected onto a screen. The heartbeat of the fetus will be visible in color.
Is it a stunt? Sure. But why not? Aren’t the unborn the ones who have the most to lose if this bill doesn’t get passed.
I don’t have great hope for this bill actually changing much in the short term but I like the idea of this bill in that it’s based on science but it’s science that everyone can relate to. Blobs of tissue don’t have beating hearts.
And as a rule I think the more we put the unborn front and center in this debate the better off we’ll be.
I especially like that so many states are passing pro-life legislation because it tells me that politicians, who are cowardly as a rule, aren’t as afraid of being pro-life anymore due to the shifting polls toward the pro-life position.