Michele Bachmann bill would make women listen to fetal heartbeat before an abortion

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Bachmann's got our heartbeat runnin' away.
With her presidential campaign foundering, it appears that Michele Bachmann is getting back to her super crazy roots.

She's just introduced the "Heartbeat Informed Consent Act" to congress, a truly epic work of legislative lunacy.

The bill would require pregnant women to get an ultrasound and view the images before they're allowed to receive an abortion. The provider would also be required to describe any cardiac activity that they are able to observe in the ultrasound.

For women who are far enough along in the pregnancy, the act would go even further -- they'd be subjected to a "hand-held Doppler fetal monitor" in order to make the fetus's heartbeat audible. Only after this bizarre ritual would the provider be allowed to accept a woman's consent and perform the abortion.

"A pregnant woman who enters an abortion clinic is faced with a decision that will forever change two lives," Bachmann wrote in a statement. "That's why she must have the very best information with which to make that decision."

The bill does allow for the woman to refuse to receive this best manipulation, by closing or averting her eyes, or ostensibly jamming her fingers in her ears.

In this nightmarescape, abortion providers would be fined up to $100,000 if they gave abortions without performing the ultrasound.

Read the whole thing here.

It is, of course, not lost on anyone that this is part of her last, desperate attempt to curry Evangelical favor, but it's also a healthy reminder of the old Michele we knew and loved -- the one who's headed right back home to us once this campaign finally dies.

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pg46
pg46

Women need to start making informed decisions about abortion before rashly throwing a HUMAN life away. Stupidity begets ignorance, and not recognizing the potential of life in a fetus is exactly that. Thank God all your mothers weren't idiots otherwise you wouldn't be alive to spew your pro abortion idiocy.

Wenda Watch
Wenda Watch

They are already doing this in Oklahoma. The state pays for it. I don't understand how Republicans always cry "Less Government" but are okay with it all the way up inside themselves or their wives and daughters. This is Nazi behavior in the disguise of Christianity and it must be stopped.

Commenter
Commenter

Wow, really?  Women need the government to step in and "help" make this decision?  Talk about big-government intrusion.  This is a decision between a woman and her doctor.  Period.   Why not also require men getting viagra to receive a lecture on how sex can lead to pregnancy?

bigpenguin
bigpenguin

Republicans want government to stay out of their people's lives.  Unless, of course it involves a gay man's penis or a woman's uterus.

Rixar13
Rixar13

Michele Bachmann is simply a proxy for her husbands for profit pray away the Gay... If you don't believe in abortion, don't have one.... wink ;-)

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Abortion is a cold hearted and selfish act.  I don't think hearing the heart beet, of the person who you are about to kill, would suddenly change the mind of a selfish woman.

This should be a "States Rights" issue, not a Federal issue.

CrumblyWilliamz
CrumblyWilliamz

"beet"? really? c'mon man. trying our best to take you seriously, but you're not helping. and family guy is the product of a notorious liberal, fyi.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Yeah man, ya know, one of them heart shaped "beets" that we abort from the ground.  Children are like dogs.  So easy to distract, with the most simplistic of things; like a misspelling.

CrumblyWilliamz
CrumblyWilliamz

and family guy is still a liberal show.... and shitty one at that. you still a big seth macfarlane fan, pal? hypocrite.

CrumblyWillamz
CrumblyWillamz

wow, defensive much? it's not my fault you're stupid.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Actually adults typically use good grammar and spell things correctly.  A shorthand way of knowing its ok to ignore someone and their stupid opinions is when they make lots of spelling and grammar errors like you do.  It's a sign you aren't very smart.   You obviously aren't very knowledgeable or well read.  Not only that but you are so lazy intellectually that you don't bother to do something as simple as proofread or check your spelling.  Why would anyone listen to you when you don't even have enough respect for your audience to express yourself at a 6th grade level.   It's pretty much the definition of stupid and tells everyone with a brain precisely why you think idiots like Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain are so great.   

Ajmcgill
Ajmcgill

Besides being utterly moronic, who is paying for the ultrasound? Maybe it would come out of some of the money Bachmann's family received for training staff at her husband's clinic or the farm subsidy money.

Why not require people to listen to the heartbeat of a loved one and look at the ultrasound before they donate organs?

Commenter
Commenter

Actually, women getting abortions already have to get ultrasounds so the doctor can verify the pregnancy and have a baseline comparison for after the procedure.

22
22

I like the idea

briangrant1
briangrant1

If abortion is made illegal, what should happen to women who get illegal abotions?

The death penalty?

Rita
Rita

The chances that they are caught is extremely low.  The doctor is more likely to get caught then the individual.  He or she won't be keeping records.  Plus if they can't find a doctor there's ways to do it on their own.

It's a moral stance, because they won't be stopping abortions by making it illegal.  Are they going to keep track of all doctor's visits that pronounce a patient pregnant to make sure it didn't end in abortion?

Dan Frye
Dan Frye

Will they also keep track of hanger sales?

Jacob Cremer
Jacob Cremer

Overheard at the trial: "Girrrrrrrrrrrrl, you do NOT own that many clothes!"

Ajmcgill
Ajmcgill

Only after the jury views an ultrasound and listens to the heartbeat.

Sdusek2
Sdusek2

On Oct. 1st that law went into effect here in Texas - supported by Gov. Perry! Just before it became effective a federal judge struck down the forced sonogram portion. But there are still plenty of Draconian features that will amaze anyone who believes in a woman's right to make her own decisions. Who is it that wants government out of our private business? I guess that means only the "business" that gives the right to make money through deregulation and gutting the EPA

Dude
Dude

Please lets convince this crazy woman to just shut up already...

girdyerloins
girdyerloins

Could there possibly be a more assured destruction for the gnarled and twisted dreams of the dominionists? With her at the helm, it would be like "The Handmaid's Tale" meets "Mars Attacks"......Oh, yikes...I STILL submit she'd have made one memorable POTUS.....No comedian worth his or her salt would have gone hungry during a Bachmann admin. Talk about a target-rich environment!!!Besides, a MILF.....as prez? Whew! I've got to sit down for a moment......

John Mateyko
John Mateyko

"Crazy", "lunacy", "bizarre ritual", "nightmarescape"... We're talking about the termination of a human life, or at the very least, the termination of what would soon be a human life; and what the author finds so outrageous isn't the act itself, but the procedure to remind the mother of what exactly she's destroying.

Guest
Guest

Really?  You think this is a decision women enter into lightly?  Women who abort have reasons-very good reasons-for their decision not to bring a child into this world.  You think women who have an abortion don't realize what they're doing?  That the minute they hear a heartbeat (if there even is one, as the most abortions are performed before a heartbeat can be detected) they'll think, OH, so that's what's in here?  Bottom line, this is big-government intrusion into a private decision women and their doctors make.  We don't need more "women are stupid" laws.  Keep the government and its "wisdom" out of my body.

digory
digory

if this wont alter women's decisions, and only gives them information they already have then it should not be a problem to you, if it does give a woman more perspective that leads her to alter her decisions than it has done good.

Sanity1
Sanity1

OK, so should we put you down as the recipient of all unwanted children?Kids are cheap.  Right?You want em, You got em!

Mutant
Mutant

"what the author finds so outrageous isn't the act itself"

I rather think what the author finds so outrageous is that you think the patient and her doctor have to discuss their decisions with you.

digory
digory

they don't need to discuss their decision with mr mateyko, or me, or you, this bill is just an attempt to make sure they discuss it with each other thoroughly and that the mother is not deceived.

green23
green23

Wow. This should balance the budget, create jobs, and "increase liberty".

I'm completely at a loss to explain how, but everyone knows that's why Bachmann was sent to Congress, right?

Wasn't she screeching about keeping the federal government out of health care decisions?

Vaccinations are 'over-reach', but this is just supposed to be reasonable oversight?

What about the Tenth Amendment, Tea Party? Sure is weird how they are okay with this.

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

I'll agree to this is Bachmann agrees to spend 20 minutes each listening to the life story of every small-time criminal, unemployed person and single mother she wants us to punish with legislation cutting social safety nets.

nicolepuncochar
nicolepuncochar

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Dizcuzted
Dizcuzted

I'll assume that post is the ASCII outcome of repeatedly slamming your head on your keyboard.  Something completely understandable after reading news about Bachmann.

Guy
Guy

that's probably the only reasonable response to this news.

Rasin
Rasin

Typo?

"In this nightmarescape, abortion providers would be fined up to $100,000 if they gave abortions with performing the ultrasound."I think you meant to say "without". The abortion clinics would be find if they DIDN'T follow the proposed law. 

Jacob Cremer
Jacob Cremer

Hee hee! Did you attempt to correct the word "fined" with "find"? Don't feel bad, correcting a typo without making another one has about a 50% success rate.

vitajex
vitajex

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