In yet another blatant example of why legislators should not be allowed to mandate medical care, Oklahoma lawmakers are proposing a pre-abortion requirement that women should be forced to listen to the heartbeat of the embryo or fetus prior to an abortion.
But, in their desire to not get embroiled in all of that ultrasound anger, they want to take a different approach and have the woman listen to the heartbeat via doppler. “If a woman is at least eight weeks into her pregnancy, the bill requires abortion providers to use a Doppler fetal heart rate monitor to make the fetal heartbeat of the unborn child audible for the pregnant woman to hear.”
It would be a clever work around, if not for one small problem. You can’t hear a heartbeat on a doppler at 8 weeks. In fact, you are lucky if you can hear the heart beat at 10 weeks. General guidelines on seeking the heartbeat with a doppler is to wait until 13 weeks for sure, in order to be certain that you can find one, and most doctors and midwives don’t even try to beforehand because it’s so unreliable (one of the reasons why most initial prenatal appointments are scheduled for 12 weeks or later in a pregnancy).
In other words, Oklahoma legislators are proposing a mandatory procedure that will in almost all cases provide no actual results. And that’s what happens when lawmakers try to legislate medical issues.
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