That Batsh*t ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill Isn’t Happening Anymore
Kasich as well as other critics of the bill believed that it was unconstitutional and would probably lead to costly legal battles for Ohio in court. Not to mention the fact that it would outlaw abortions before many women would even know that they were pregnant.
But in the same day that Kasich vetoed the so called “heartbeat” bill, he approved a law that outlaws abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. This is definitely a bummer for abortion rights activists, but it’s not anywhere near as ridiculous as the heartbeat bill.
Besides, it’s generally not advised to get a surgical abortion after 20 weeks into pregnancy, with 99% of abortions taking place before 21 weeks, according to Planned Parenthood.
Still, a post 20-week abortion is necessary in certain instances, and the Ohio law does not allow pregnancies to be terminated even if there are serious medical complications, including grave danger for the mother or the baby. Moreover, it puts doctors in uncomfortable situations. If they make the choice to help a patient in a dire situation, they could face jail time.
Even worse? Congress is considering a bill that would take the 20-week ban nationwide (it’s already in place in 14 states). That’s despite everyone, even Republicans, understanding spending so much time in congress arguing over abortion rights is a waste of time, according to Planned Parenthood.
Can our government start focusing on, I don’t know, serious issues? Rather than continuing to try to police women’s bodies? Thanks!