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“Fetal Heartbeat” Legislation in Minnesota House

by Dan Burns on February 9, 2012 · 1 comment

This is far from unexpected, but there is nevertheless something disturbing about seeing raving insanity like this appear in the legislative record.

Subd. 3. Abortion prohibited when fetal heartbeat detected. (a) Except as
3.21provided in paragraph (b), no person shall knowingly perform an abortion on a pregnant
3.22woman with specific intent to cause the termination of the life of the unborn child
3.23whose fetal heartbeat has been detected according to the requirements of subdivision 1.

Here’s information on the bill’s sponsors and progress.

With the best currently available technology, a sound that can be interpreted as approximating “fetal heartbeat” can be detected as early as about five weeks in.  As for what’s going on then:

Deep in your uterus your embryo is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he’s about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. He’s now made up of three layers – the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm – which will later form all of his organs and tissues.

And that, purportedly, is enough to render null and void the fundamental rights and freedoms of the woman or girl carrying “him.”

We’ll be following this, including analysis of whether a veto override is possible, if things get that far.  Though readers are of course welcome to weigh in on that, in the comments, here and now.

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