Yesterday, the Ohio Assembly passed the “heartbeat abortion bill,” a measure that would prohibit doctors from performing abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, thus outlawing the procedure as early as “six to seven weeks into pregnancy.” Republicans admitted that the measure would likely fall to a constitutional challenge, but offered a myriad of wacky reasons for rolling back a woman’s right to choose:
— REP. ROBERT MECKLENBORG: The easiest way is also to look at it in the context of Nazi Germany, where during the 1920s, these were the arguments postulated by the proponents of abortion as the Third Reich was growing in power. Note they will sound very similar to you because they are exactly the same arguments put forth to support the current positions in support of the abortion laws as we have them on the books.
— REP. RON YOUNG: I’m afraid in 1973, the Supreme Court took a different tact [and didn’t consider life.] If fetuses had been allowed to vote, if they had formed a voting block and they were organizing in front of the court house that day, the vote probably would have been much different.
— REP. CHRISTINA HAGAN: Teens who aborted were also three times more likely to report having trouble sleeping and nine times more likely to report subsequent marijuana use.
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Unfortunately, the heartbeat bill — which is one of the most radical anti-abortion bills in the country — was just one of three anti-abortion measures to pass the House. Lawmakers also approved legislation outlawing abortion after 20 weeks and prohibited insurers from offering abortion coverage in the health care exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.