The media has tried their best to spin Georgia’s new ‘Heartbeat Bill’ into and anti-woman, Anti-American, and even race issue. The Bill is just what it says, once doctors can detect a heartbeat the option to abort is off the table. It’s not an attack on women but an attempt to protect life.
Typically, a heartbeat can be detected around 6 weeks of gestation…
The law, signed by Governor Brian Kemp (R-GA) last week, bans abortion after a heartbeat is detected, which happens around six weeks gestation. It does not punish mothers.
But that hasn’t stopped the media’s distortion of the law. For example, here are some of the patently false headlines about the pro-life legislation, as highlighted by David French at National Review:
Business Insider: “Women could get up to 30 years in prison for having a miscarriage under Georgia’s harsh new abortion law.”
Slate: “Georgia just criminalized abortion. Women who terminate their pregnancies would receive life in prison.”
The Week: “Georgia’s ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill could imprison women for life.”
Glamour: “Women who have an abortion in Georgia could be sentenced to life in prison.”
Just take a look at a few of the protesters of the Bill:
Rich Lowery and NY Post points out that the common arguments against restrictions on abortion are that they infringe on women’s health and bodies. But the vast majority of abortions are made out of discretionary choice, not medical necessity. And the heartbeat bills underline how another body is involved in the equation.
An appendix or kidney doesn’t have its own separate heartbeat. The pro-abortion case is that a fetus is a blob of cells of no account — with a heartbeat. That the fetus is a non-human being — with a heartbeat. That the fetus isn’t truly alive — but has a heartbeat.
The heartbeat bills, even if blocked by the courts, have an educative effect. Most people don’t realize how soon a fetal heartbeat begins — around six weeks into a pregnancy. The pro-life bumper sticker “Abortion Stops a Beating Heart” isn’t just a slogan but a fact.