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: