For the third time, the Ohio House has passed an abortion ban that would make the procedure illegal once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or as early as six weeks. Both the governor and much of the Senate have expressed strong opposition to the bill, though, making it unlikely to ever become law.


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ladytheirin
LadyTheirin

I didn't even know I was pregnant until I was 8 weeks along - and that's not an uncommon thing for people that aren't actively trying to get pregnant (and therefore testing their pee every week).

If you really, really have to try to put limits on abortion, at least make them kind of defensible. Abortion in the first trimester versus third trimester? Very different things.

Example: this tiny human is capable of being alive outside of you right now! It's got all its parts and they work!

vs

this sea-monkey looking thing has a heart! nothing else works, and in a few months it might not be viable due to a defect we can't possibly detect yet... but the heart part works!

Full disclosure, mine was born at 29 weeks, so I'm a little touchy about 3rd trimester abortion. But I'm absolutely pro-choice and, frankly, I'm not sure what limits, if any, are really necessary. And there's so many exceptions that you can come up with for almost every situation where even a "no, don't abort" can be a "well, maybe this one is okay."