Two expectant mothers on opposite sides of the abortion debate displayed ultrasounds of their babies in the Ohio legislature Wednesday. The images were used in hearings over a proposed abortion law in the Buckeye State.
House Bill 125, also known as the heartbeat bill, would ban abortion once a doctor detects a heartbeat in the fetus. If passed, it would be the most restrictive abortion law in America, affecting pregnancies as little as six weeks along.
Janet Folger Porter, president of Faith2Action, said her display showed just exactly who is affected by the bill.
However, Kellie Copeland of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said the use ultrasound images is a political trick.
"I think it was a stunt," Copeland said. "I think the idea that all of us haven't seen ultrasound images, that pro-choice people have never given birth and never been parents is a little ridiculous."
"What we saw today was the beating hearts of these babies, in hopes that these legislators will allow these babies' hearts to continue to beat," Porter said. "That's the point.
One of the women who took part in the presentation, 25-year-old Erin Glockner, who is nine weeks pregnant, said she wasn't embarrassed or hesitant.
"I just think every child has a right to life whether their parents want to keep them for themselves or give them to a family that wants them," she said. "That's why I think it's important. They can't speak for themselves, so somebody's got to."
No vote has been scheduled on the bill.