Channel 4 in Columbus:

A fetus has been scheduled as a legislative witness in Ohio on a unique bill that proposes outlawing abortions after the first heartbeat can be medically detected.

Lynn R. Wachtmann

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.

Well, at least the Republicans aren’t taking a serious issue like abortion and turning it into a sideshow carnival act of political grandstanding.  Incidentially,

We won’t hold any hearings on whether Governor Kasich’s appointment for Development Director is unconstitutional (today, the Controlling Board approved funds for the Ohio Department of Development after they amended the request to remove Director Kvamme’s signature.)

I thought the pathetic attempts by congressional Republicans to ship Terri Schiavo while on life-support to “testify” to Congress was political grandstanding at their worse.  This is close to it.

Here’s what Wachtmann can’t provide: testimony from a doctor that the fetus whose heartbeat Wachtmann is exploiting is viable outside of the womb, or a constitutional law scholar that will say Wachtmann’s bill is constitutional.

Even the Ohio Right to Life refuses to support the bill because they know it is a colossal waste of time because it is patently unconstitutional.  I’m just curious: Will Wachtmann subpoena the fetuses of those who are going to be effective by Speaker Batchelder’s planned cuts in Medicaid cuts for pregnant women?

How about instead of spending legislative energies to pass an unconstitutional ban on abortion?  Wachtmann focuses on helping needy mothers to get the prenatal care they need?

How about telling Speaker Boehner to lay off cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood which provides prenatal care for needy women who may have no other access to such necessary care?

Those are things Chairman Wachtmann could have his committee do that would actually save the lives of unborn fetuses.  Instead, he’ll continue to use the committee for useless political grandstanding in order to appease anti-abortion extremists who won’t take Roe for an answer.

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