With the Republican-controlled state Senate refusing to even consider the measure, Ohio's so-called "Heartbeat Bill" has effectively flatlined. But that hasn't stopped rabid anti-abortion demonstrators from flooding the Capitol and throwing a Holy Tantrum, claiming that laws that contradict Biblical law are unconstitutional.
Right Wing Watch has captured the meatiest parts of Liberty University Professor Cynthia Dunbar's long, rambling Biblical attitude tee shirt of a speech condemning the Ohio legislature for not passing legislation that would have effectively banned all abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. According to Professor Dunbar, 94% of the things that the Founding Fathers said were direct or indirect Biblical quotes and that the Bible doesn't say anything about Roe v. Wade, and so Roe v. Wade can't be law because the Founding Fathers would have been against Roe v. Wade because Roe v. Wade isn't in the Bible and the Bible governed everything the Founding Fathers did. She topped it off with some good old fashioned 'tude: "Guess what, legislators? You don't have the freedom to make any laws if they are contrary to what God has said in his Holy Scripture!"
Except she's totally wrong. In fact, Founding Father James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and framer of the Constitution, shared the belief of his contemporaries that life began at "quickening," which is when the baby starts kicking around, which usually occurs around the 18th to 20th week of pregnancy, not at the 6th week, which is when fetal heartbeat can be detected. Wrote Wilson,
With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life, from its commencement to its close, is protected by the common law. In the contemplation of law, life begins when the infant is first able to stir in the womb. By the law, life is protected not only from immediate destruction, but from every degree of actual violence, and, in some cases, from every degree of danger.
I mean, if Dunbar's going to argue that America of today should exist in exactly the state that the Founding Fathers of the 1770's intended and argue against abortion rights, then she's got a little mental gymnastics routine that she's going to have to perform. How can the Founding Fathers, who didn't believe that life began until mid-pregnancy, be in favor of defining life as starting at the moment of conception? They're mutually exclusive concepts!
I blame Jon McNaughten and his mesmerizingly horrible religious/patriot art for the continued conflation of Biblical law and Constitutional intention.