Two expectant mothers on opposite ends of the abortion issue offered their unique perspectives as part of a state house committee hearing on an abortion bill in Ohio.
The mothers are offering images of their unborn babies’ heartbeats. They underwent ultrasounds which were projected onto a screen during the hearing.
House Bill 125, the “Heartbeat Bill”, proposes to ban abortion after the first heartbeat can be medically detected.
Janet Folger Porter, the president of Faith2Action, the group behind the bill, says the display will show firsthand who would be affected by the bill.
Kellie Copeland, of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, calls the hearing a circus and says efforts to include women in the hearing who had abortions were rejected.
State Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, who introduced the bill, says those who testify must do so in person.
Anti-Abortion Advocate Erin Glockner said, “No second thoughts at all. Definitely if a beating heart, that’s my kid, can help change something, I’m all for it.”
Pro-Abortion Advocate Kellie Copeland said, “I think it was a stunt. I think the idea that all of us haven’t seen ultrasound images, you know, that pro-choice people have never given birth and never been parents is a little ridiculous.”