State Senator Jason Rapert, sponsor of the "Human Heartbeat Protection Act."

Yesterday, the Arkansas State Senate passed a law banning abortion after the 12th week of pregnancy; this is by far the most restrictive abortion ban in the country. The justification for this law, which was passed by a republican-run legislature over the veto of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, is that a fetal heartbeat can be detected at 12 weeks. An earlier draft of the law wanted to outlaw abortions after just 6 weeks. Luckily, that version was thrown out because the vaginal ultrasound required to detect a heartbeat at 6 weeks is extremely unpopular. Of course, this law is utterly unenforceable because of Roe v. Wade, which gave women the right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside of the womb, which usually occurs at about 24 weeks. While The Cut reports that the ACLU has begun readying a court challenge to dismiss the law, the passage of the “Human Heartbeat Protection Act” is already worrying enough. According to The New York Times, Senator Jason Rapert, the bill’s sponsor, “compared the more than 50 million abortions in the United States since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide.” While a similar fetal heartbeat bill was recently defeated by the legislature in Ohio, these radical measures are nonetheless surfacing around the country. Someone should show politicians across America The Wall Street Journal poll that shows that 7 in 10 Americans believe that Roe v. Wade shouldn’t be overturned. Or just tell them where they can shove their vaginal ultrasounds. 

 

Image Via The New York Times

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