A national version of the so-called “Heartbeat Bill” — a bill that would essentially ban abortion at six weeks of gestation — was introduced in the House on Thursday.
Iowa Republican Representative Steve King sponsored the bill. In a statement, he explained,
“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… 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.”
This bill is a direct assault on the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which established 24 weeks as the legal standard for abortion. This standard has been challenged by many pieces of legislation across the country in recent time. Many states, with a Trump Supreme Court appointee within sight, have introduced 20-week abortion bans and other restrictive bans, like in Kentucky and Ohio.
The most recent of which, Ohio’s ‘Heartbeat Bill,’ was vetoed by Governor John Kasich, although he did sign the state’s 20-week abortion ban. Ohio legislators were unsuccessful in their attempts to override Kasich’s veto.
Janet Porter, president of Faith2Action — the group that was responsible for the bill, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that,
“It’s time we stop discriminating against the youngest members of the human family — babies whose heartbeats can be heard.”
Porter’s sentiments resonate with conservative legislators across the country. Their state-focused approach, however, has finally met the federal level. While the bill is unlikely to pass, it signifies an important step in the wrong direction for abortion rights in America.
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