Ohio’s “Heartbeat” Bill: A Flagrant Violation of Roe v. Wade

abortionJust because “Jane Roe” (the then-anonymous Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, later identified as Norma McCorveny) let demons inhabit her body and later in life become anti-choice, doesn’t mean that Roe v. Wade isn’t still the law of the land, because it is.

But in classic Bristol “Let me be the poster child for abstinence even though I was an unwed mother” Palin-style hypocrisy, McCorvey tried closing the barn door after the horses were out and, in 1998, testified to Congress:  ”It was my pseudonym, Jane Roe, which had been used to create the ‘right’ to abortion out of legal thin air. But Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee never told me that what I was signing would allow women to come up to me 15, 20 years later and say, ‘Thank you for allowing me to have my five or six abortions. Without you, it wouldn’t have been possible.’ Sarah never mentioned women using abortions as a form of birth control. We talked about truly desperate and needy women, not women already wearing maternity clothes.”

First, I’d bet my bottom dollar no woman ever said that to her.  And yes, I’m calling her a lying sack.  But second, she apparently recreated herself as a much less appealing – and typical – self-serving conservative type:  McCorveny sure didn’t mind availing herself of abortion services when she needed it, but now wants to deny that right to others – and wants to control and dictate the manner in which and the reasons for which other women seek those services.  Frankly, it’s none of her – or any other anti-choicer’s – business how many abortions a woman has, or why.  It’s legal.  And that’s enough said.

But Ohio, apparently, doesn’t believe Roe v. Wade applies to its state; Ohio is seeking to ban abortions as early as six to seven weeks, or as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected – with no exceptions for rape or incest.  Many women don’t even know they’re pregnant 6-7 weeks into it – which, of course, is probably the point.  But let’s go through a woman’s basic rights under Roe v. Wade again, for the cheap seats:

“. . . a person has a right to abortion up until viability.  The Roe decision defined “viable” as being “potentially able to live outside the mother’s womb, albeit with artificial aid,” adding that viability “is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks) but may occur earlier, even at 24 weeks.”

I don’t see anything in there about a heartbeat, and surely don’t see anything in there about 6-7 weeks, and I know a 6-week-old blob of tissue isn’t gonna be surviving outside of a womb.  In fact, what Roe v. Wade guarantees is almost four times the 6-7-week timeframe Ohio is trying to push through – a timeframe in which a woman has to figure out she’s pregnant, schedule, and have the abortion procedure.  Ohio was apparently out to lunch when Mississippi’s radical anti-abortion “personhood” law dismally failed, because what Ohio is proposing doubles down on what we at that time thought was the craziest and most extreme anti-abortion law yet.

julie driscollIt’s mind-blowing in the extreme that states - such as Ohio, Mississippi before it, Kansas, Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Oklahoma and others - believe they can just do the big blow-off of Roe v. Wade and strip women of rights that are guaranteed under federal law.

To states run by Republican crazy trains, federal laws are, apparently, just suggestions.

Julie Driscoll
Politics Anonymous 

Published by the LA Progressive on December 15, 2011
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About Julie Driscoll

Julie is a 25-year veteran legal assistant in the Chicago legal community and, although always passionate about various causes, is a recent – within the past several years – entrant into the field of political activism. For a year and a half she was a writer for News Hounds, a website that is dedicated to critical analysis of Fox News (“We Watch Fox So You Don’t Have To”), is currently the Chicago Liberal Examiner for Examiner.com, is involved with the media side of the local MoveOn.org chapter, and runs multiple large political groups on Facebook. Although she began her activism through writing, she has more recently become a “boots on the ground” activist, having attended many protests on behalf of the unions in Madison, Wisconsin, Lansing, Michigan, and Chicago, as well as a rally in Benton Harbor, Michigan, advocating on behalf of the residents whose town has been taken over by the Emergency Financial Manager appointed by the Governor. Her causes are people-oriented . . . and her belief is that people need to be protected before dollars are counted. Her motto: Make sure people are safe, healthy, housed and fed – and screw the cost.

Comments

  1. Ross S. Heckmann says:

    “Frankly, it’s none of her – or any other anti-choicer’s – business how many abortions a woman has, or why. It’s legal. And that’s enough said.” Wow, this comment is pretty amazing. At least there is no more pretense that abortion is primarily about hard cases. So using abortion in this way is “progressive.” I see.

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