From the Dayton Daily News:

Two young mothers were given ultrasounds in a packed room at the Statehouse as part of a House committee meeting Wednesday. The heartbeat of a fetus at 15 weeks gestation was easily detected. The heartbeat in a fetus of nine weeks gestation was difficult to detect.

Is that like taking the Fifth?  In what was staged as political stagecraft to pander to the Pro-Life crowd, Chairman Lynn Wachtmann unknowingly revealed the other fatal flaw of his “heartbeat” abortion ban besides the fact that even Ohio Right to Life recognizes it as being certainly held as unconstitutional by the courts—it can’t work.

It creates no predictable framework in which people can exercise their constitutional and medical rights with any assurance of what the legal response may be.

If they had trouble detecting the heartbeat, does that mean, under Wachtmann’s bill that the fetus could still be legally aborted?  To what extent and under what legal standard are doctors going to be held to determine whether a distinct fetal heartbeat has been detected with medical certainty?

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  • LOL. perhaps that is because at 9 weeks, in order to see anything, it needs to be a vaginal ultrasound. And somehow I doubt that they had her up in stirrups “in a packed room at the Statehouse”.

  • Anonymous

    How many tens-of-thousands of Iraquis and Afghanis had a heartbeat? Kids who go weeks without a solid meal, they have heartbeats. Mothers who work 3 jobs to try to feed those kids, they have a heartbeat. Let’s get them into the statehouse to testify. Wachtmann can bring his own stethoscope just to make sure. Ah, forget it. Those people are just “lazy,” right?

  • Anonymous

    Was kind of wondering the same thing myself. Maybe she was willing to take one for the team?

    When asked to explain behavior in committee today, the fetus reportedly had no comment.

  • Lindalou50

    Apparently she wasn’t a true team player or she’d been proud to show them all her “girly parts ” to get the point across !!!

  • Can the fetus be held in contempt for not testifying?

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  • The fetus decided to plead the fifth.

  • Anonymous

    Must have been edited out in an update. We got it from a cut and paste of the original article. Weird… Thanks, though.

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