The changes to Ohio law enacted in the state budget would require a doctor to attempt to detect a fetal heartbeat. But anyone who tries to imply that your lady parts would be violated will quickly be tagged as the worst kind of liar, thanks in part to the fine folks at Politifact.

On Friday, Politifact gave Rachel Maddow a “pants-on-fire” rating for claiming that the new budget (HB59) would require a “mandatory vaginal probe at the insistence of the state.”

House Bill 59 does, in fact, specify that doctors must determine whether a fetal heartbeat exists, something that can only be accomplished early in pregnancy through a transvaginal ultrasound.  But it also contains an additional instruction that only external methods can be used. In other words, according to House Bill 59, doctors are required to use an ineffective unnecessary procedure to determine whether a heartbeat exists in an early first trimester pregnancy.

Politifact reporter: “show me on the doll where the lawmaker forced you to undergo an unnecessary medical procedure”

Seriously, Politifact, just because my genitals aren’t involved is the unnecessary medical procedure I am being forced by law to undergo any less egregious? It’s truly none of your business where on my body the unnecessary procedure is taking place, the problem here is that an unnecessary medical procedure is being legislated in the first place.

At the end of the day, Maddow got it wrong. A lot of people got it wrong. It was a 4,000-page piece of legislation drafted without any testimony from medical professionals and with less than 48 hours remaining before a final vote was taken.

If anything, Politifact should have given Maddow “half-true.” Because it is indeed true that women seeking abortions will be forced to get ultrasounds to detect a heartbeat early in pregnancy. It will just look like this:


And not this:

Pants on Fire

Pants on Fire


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  • annekarima53

    Why has no one, no one, it seems, considered the risks posed by ultrasound to the unborn fetus? In physical therapy, let’s see, what was that general saying? Don’t use ultrasound on a child who is still growing because the “growth plates” are not closed yet. That was how it was explained to a lay person. What is a fetus if not a growing child? Now my experience was a very long time ago and maybe the equipment is safer. However, I wonder if the experience is the same. Look around. Tell me what do you see?

  • carrieee4

    Let MY body be!!! It’s not your body,, its MINE! How much more can government be involved in MY personal self???????

  • annekarima53

    As I said this was many years ago. The therapists said not to use ultrasound in children and that also meant teenagers. The ones I worked with wouldn’t do it. E – stim, heat, ice and ice massage, massage if it would help and as soon as possible, exercise.

  • annekarima53

    I think I misunderstood you. I’m referring to ultrasound in general. I worked with physical therapists and they would not use it at that time with children in physical therapy. I don’t know what the rule is today. I once asked a doctor why it was considered safe for pregnant mothers since it wasn’t safe for the reasons I stated for children. She told me there were studies being done to find out if if actually was safe. If memory serves and that a big IF, I don’t think we did ultrasound physical therapy on pregnant mothers back then either.

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