A National Version of the 'Heartbeat Bill' Was Just Introduced in the U.S. House

Image via AP.
Image via AP.

A national version of the Heartbeat Bill, a bill that would effectively ban abortion at roughly six weeks of gestation, was introduced yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is sponsored by Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa.

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“Human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is sacred in all of its forms and today, I introduced a bill that will protect the lives of voiceless innocents,” King said in a statement. “My legislation will require all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child. If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected.”

The bill is meant as a direct challenge of Roe which established 24-weeks—the gestational point that the Supreme Court determined to be the point of viability—as the legal standard for abortion. In the last few months, however, that standard has been challenged. Numerous states, empowered by the reality of a Trump appointee on the Supreme Court, have introduced bills that ban abortion at 20-weeks and two states, Kentucky and Ohio, have passed restrictive bans.

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Recently, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed his state’s 20-week ban but vetoed the “Heartbeat Bill.” Though Ohio legislators tried to override Kasich’s veto, they were unable to resuscitate the bill in the state. Janet Porter, president of Faith2Action, who was behind Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill, took the almost identical bill to King who was happy to introduce it (King has a zero percent rating from Planned Parenthood Action Fund). “The heartbeat is a universal indicator of life — it is time we recognize it across the board,” Porter told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It’s time we stop discriminating against the youngest members of the human family — babies whose heartbeats can be heard,” she added.

Porter has a long history of far-right activism. In 2015, she produced a documentary called Light Wins in which numerous public officials, including Mike Huckabee, warn that “gay activists” are “grooming” children. She’s also currently at work on a film called What’s a Girl to Do? that, according to the trailer, is “based on a true story of how the nation’s first Ban on Partial Birth Abortion was passed.” It apparently stars Stephen Baldwin and Mike Huckabee. Here’s the trailer:

In nearly any other time in American politics, I would end a post like this by noting the improbability of a bill like this making it out of committee, let alone to Senate. But considering the unusually large number of anti-choice bills appearing in state legislatures combined with our political climate, who the hell could predict the legislative future of the Heartbeat Bill?

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mortal-dictata
Mortal Dictata

But remember people, Hillary was just as bad as Trump and people who voted Third Party just so they could personally feel good aren’t selfish in anyway.

Apart from the way in which they looked at how his policies would effect everyone not them and went “fuck it, at least I won’t suffer”.

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But hey, at least you gave Jill Stein another vote that was entirely worthless because you wanted to be a selfish prick who’ll most likely go back to your lovely Middle-Class Kale treatments and spend the next four years decrying how awful that Trump bloke is and how Hillary should’ve just run a better campaign while those from minority or lower income backgrounds suffer to no end under Trump as every form of Social Security or equality legislation is ripped apart and replaced with 1950s at best laws because, hey giving women access to the pill, make it so people aren’t chosen based on Race/Gender/Sexuality, or trying to have cheaper Health Insurance available for millions is an undue cost on businesses (even though all of those things are actually beneficial to business).

Same goes for non-voters.