Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Goal: Do not sign into law a national version of Ohio’s vetoed “Heartbeat Bill,” which would ban abortion if a heartbeat can be detected.
A national version of the anti-abortion bill recently vetoed in Ohio was introduced in the House of Representatives, which if passed would ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. At six weeks, many women do not even know they are pregnant yet.
The legislation would require doctors to look for the heartbeat of a fetus, and would prevent an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected. This directly contradicts Supreme Court rulings that allow abortions up until the time when a fetus is viable, meaning that it could survive outside the womb. Fetus viability occurs around 22-24 weeks. The Heartbeat Bill, therefore, would ban abortions 4 times earlier than is constitutional. Sign below to demand that women’s rights be respected, and prevent this unconstitutional bill from being signed into law.
Dear Speaker Ryan,
The “Heartbeat Bill” was vetoed in Ohio for good reason, and must not be allowed to pass through the House of Representatives on a national level. This legislation would ban abortions after only 6 weeks, which is before many women are even aware they are pregnant.
The requirement for physicians to detect a fetal heartbeat, and the restriction that an abortion cannot be performed if a heartbeat can be heard, is a direct contradiction of the Supreme Court rulings of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which determined that abortions can be performed until fetal viability is established, at around 22-24 weeks. The “Heartbeat Bill” is unconstitutional, and is a gross violation of women’s rights. I urge you not to allow this bill to pass into law.
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