The anti-choice advocates in Ohio who have been pushing for a ban on abortion from the point in which a heartbeat can be detected — usually about three to four weeks post conception — have renewed their senate lobbying in an attempt to get the legislative body to put the issue up for a vote.
Led by anti-choice activist Janet Porter, proponents of the bill have staged a variety of stunts in the capitol, from delivering heart-shaped balloons to having a fetus “testify” with a live ultrasound.
But today, bill supporters went even further, having young children come into the statehouse to speak out against abortion, and deliver teddy bears to senators — bears that play a heartbeat when you squeeze them.
Children as young as 4 years old arrived at the Ohio statehouse to take part in the event, with even eight year olds speaking on behalf of the legislation.
Children have already been used as a prop in the debate, with a recent television commercial running in the state featuring a school bus full of children and a voiceover saying that an entire busload of kids would be saved every day if the legislation were passed. It was believed by many that this commercial, which encouraged Ohio voters to contact their state senators, was responsible for getting the heartbeat bill out of its holding pattern in the senate and up for a potential vote. The House already passed the ban last year.
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