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Oklahoma Proposes Forcing Women to Listen To Heartbeat Doctors Won’t Be Able To Find

Oklahoma Proposes Forcing Women to Listen To Heartbeat Doctors Won’t Be Able To Find

 

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).

Meanwhile, 88 percent of abortions are performed in the first 12 weeks.

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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3:17PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Not only is the OK legislature out of their depth in medical knowledge, NONE OF THEM are women! I had always been proud to be from Oklahoma. Not so sure now. Male supremacy irregardless of intelligence seems to be on the rise, worse there than on average.

7:37PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

oh, so now this is a hearing test? Can one get $ to buy a hearing aide afterward? Sorry, you are not pregnant, but deaf!

1:29AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Can we abort stupid legislators? I am guessing no, but that would be ideal.

2:34PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

well yes tiffany I do believ that someon having an abortion be informed yet they also need to be informed what will happen if they dont . lets be real . most that choose not to abort will prob keep the baby they need to be inofomred what it takes to care for a baby! I'm completely pro-choice the difference between me and most pro-lifers If someone would ask me my opnion or not to get an abortion I would give all facts all pros and cons of abortion. of giving it up or keeping it pro-lifers (most) are one sided ! which is sad women need several options not just one!

2:38AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

They are proud to be an Okie from Muskogee. Yee haw!!!!

11:59AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Tiffany G, your friend should thank her lucky stars that abortion is safe and legal. She sounds completely unable to take care of herself much less a baby. Imagine if she did give birth how horrible her postpartum depression (which is backed by scientific evidence) could be, especially if she had to give it away. And, do you really think she is so stupid she didn't know what it means to be pregnant? I really doubt that, but if so how would she be able to prepare for a baby if she didn't even know making a baby is what pregnancy is??

10:26AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

To add to Miriam W.'s comment they should also be forced to look at photos of children who were abused. Look at the bruises the broken bones and the burns inflicted on children by their own parents. The bodies of those murdered by the people who are supposed to love them the most.

8:42AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Obviously this is a serious issue, but the government has no right to legislate personal morality--especially not a government composed of narrow-minded religious zealots.

7:48PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

You know what gets me? I can't get food assistance unless I'm pregnant. But people will kill babies all day long. I can't get pregnant though. My body didn't form correctly. So I have to stay a virgin...

Because there's no point in having sex if you're not trying to have a baby! :P

2:36PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

This is wrong on EVERY level!

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