“Heartbeat bill” divides reproductive rights opponents
Posted on July 12, 2011
Last week I informed you that the Ohio House of Representatives voted to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which is usually around 6 or 7 weeks. The bill does not include exceptions for rape, incest, or the mother’s health, making it perhaps the most restrictive abortion legislation to pass a U.S. house of law in recent memory.
While one might think that opponents of reproductive rights would rally around this legislation, The Huffington Post reports that it has actually divided the community:
Ohio Right to Life has publicly refused to support the “heartbeat bill” since it was first discussed in March, despite its steady record of supporting and even authoring anti-abortion legislation. Gonidakis said a team of “national legal experts” helped his organization to determine that a legal battle over the bill could end up overturning other pro-life laws in Ohio, such as informed consent requirements. … Further, the pro-life group worries that taxpayers would have to foot the bill for a lengthy court battle that could end up costing millions.