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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Five little words may give a fetus rights

Iowa passed a new law that gives women the right to abort a baby until the first heartbeat in the womb. This means women have six weeks to decide.

In her report on the governor signing the bill into law, Barbara Rodriguez of the Associated Press framed the issue beautifully.

"Backers of the so-called heartbeat bill — which didn't get a single Democratic vote in the Legislature during final passage and included no votes by six Republicans — expressed hope it could challenge Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established women have a right to terminate pregnancies until a fetus is viable," she wrote.

Those last five words are the crux of the matter. Usually, press reports stop at the right to abort and fail to include that important restriction: "until a fetus is viable."

That is a key to Roe v. Wade.

In other words, late-term abortions are not a right. They are murder because the baby would be viable outside the womb.

The science has changed over the last 45 years. What was once not viable outside the womb now is.

But can a baby be viable even if it cannot live outside the womb? The courts may decide this is true.

"The same Republican-majority Legislature in Iowa passed a 20-week abortion ban last year. It's now in effect, though a provision requiring a three-day waiting period to get an abortion is tied up in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. Separately, Republican lawmakers agreed last session to give up millions in federal dollars to create a state-funded family planning program that excludes abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, even though the money wasn't going toward abortions," the report said.

After killing more than 50 million Americans in the name of reproductive rights, our land is coming to its senses. I trust the courts will, too.

14 comments:

  1. This sounds like a common sense, middle ground formulation that is a good first step.
    JimNorCal

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    1. We will see if a California judge overturns Iowa law.

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    2. Lefties don't do common sense, middle ground formulations.

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  2. Money not going to abortions? No, just paying for other expenses so they can pay for abortions from "other money." Money is and God willing will always BE fungible. Which means just because you don't use for one thing in the budget it still affects everything else in the budget. Don't hand me that stupid truck; it's just an excuse to keep paying for the people who do abortions. Not nice.

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  3. The abortion debate and the gun debate have developed along similar lines- legislative compromises such as waiting periods and half-bans, discussions about how the progress of technology affects the issue, opponents favoring a complete ban, states pushing further than the federal government, etc. There are two important differences, though. Abortion is not a right, and the government isn't paying for anybody's guns.

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    1. Sounds like another issue about 160 years ago.

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  4. 6 weeks is just about right according to Jewish Law but not for the same reason. Jewish law states that on the 40th day after conception the fetus receives its soul, and thus attains semi-human status.

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    1. It's actually not quite that simple. The Talmud (Sanhedrin 91b) concludes that the fetus receives a soul at the time of conception. Also, it is true that there are distinctions made in Jewish law between before 40 days and after, but they're not based on the presence or absence of a soul, but on its developmental stage (that's the first point at which it looks recognizably human).

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  6. Abortion is wrong. Just wrong. When your first grandchild is born on 1/26, with an expected due date two days from now, you’ll know.

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  7. You'll see RBG, Breyer, and Kennedy hanging on, trying to meet this one and shoot it down because they know Trump will appoint people who will let it fly.

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  8. So, giving money to PP for non abortions doesn't go to abortions. First law of economics (or at least it should be): Money is fungible. Money given to one account frees up money to be transferred to another. So, yes, money given to, say mamagrams at PP frees up their money to go to abortions.

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  9. Having had an abortion at 15 (11 weeks) and then giving birth to twins (later in life) at 30 weeks (2 lbs 13oz each), I think I can unequivocally say that a fetus at six weeks would likely not survive outside the womb. Having said that, it's still very squishy. I am a pro-choice individual, but recognize there is a desire to determine viability.

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  10. An unborn baby's heart is beating long before six weeks! People are confusing when the heart starts beating with when you can HEAR it with an ultrasonic stethoscope. By the time you can hear the heartbeat, the heart has already been beating for several weeks.
    https://www.justthefacts.org/get-the-facts/babys-heartbeat/

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