In media ‘circus,’ fetus called to ‘testify’ before Ohio lawmakers

By David Edwards
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:31 EDT
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In a move critics have attacked as a “circus” for the media, a nine-week-old fetus is set to “testify” in favor of a bill in Ohio that would outlaw abortions as soon as doctors can detect the first heatbeat.

Janet (Folger) Porter, President of Faith2Action, claimed that the fetus will be the “youngest ever to testify.”

“For the first time in a committee hearing, legislators will be able to see and hear the beating heart of a baby in the womb — just like the ones the Heartbeat Bill will protect,” she said in a statement.

“When passed, the Heartbeat Bill will insure that once that heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected,” Porter added.

The fetus will presented to the committee live via an ultrasound from the expectant mother.

Supporters of abortion rights indicated they were concerned about the idea.

“I think it’s a stunt that trivializes women’s health,” Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, told The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

“It’s obvious this committee is a lot more interested in making headlines than in giving women better access to health care or doing something to bring jobs to this state or trying to fix the state’s budget mess.”

“Instead, what Ohioans are getting is an absolute circus in the House health committee,” she added.

Republicans appeared to have enough votes to pass the bill, The Plain Dealer noted.

If enacted, it would be the most restrictive abortion law in the country.

David Edwards
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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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  • Anonymous


    Who left this ugly ball of slime in front of the microphone? Get the maid in here to clean that up, or let the dog eat it.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Doge of Yettis

    Zygotes are more credible…

  • Sunshine1970

    Wonkette this morning said there are now TWO fetuses which are going to be testifying..

  • Anthony Wayne Walker

    I want to cross examine the little bastard. I would open with: “Isn’t it a fact that the best part of you dripped down your mother’s ass?” “Your Honor I ask that the witnesses testimony be stricken from the record, said witness “Feti Delicti” is obviously suffering from some type of mental disorder, to put it in laymen terms “He’s not all there”"!!!!! “I REST MY CASE!”

  • gypski®

    “Help me its dark in here”, said the zygote to the judge, “but I don’t want to come out into that world!!!”

  • David R Velasquez

    A movement led by 9 year olds.

  • Anonymous

    Only a dumb Christian who prays to a long dead bastard like it’s a god would ever think of such a sick stunt.

  • Anonymous

    Unless the fetus swears to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, you cannot believe a word that it says.

  • Anonymous

    Take the fetus out and have it testify. Then you will be making a case. If just a heartbeat is testimony well I can bring an earthworm to testify with a heartbeat. Where’s the movement to stop the genocide of earthworms?????!!!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    ZYGOTES UNITE!!!!! This is unfair discrimination based on age!!! We’ll form a coalition with our blastocoel bretheren!! Down with Janet Porter!!! These people have got to be outright insane..

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    That’s if it’s developed hands yet….( hand on the Bible, necessary.)

  • Anonymous

    As long as it distracts the Citizens from the collapse of our economy, The failure to stop funding the Corporate wars, it keeps us from wondering why we cannot replace our infastructure that has long past it’s safe useage, then we will get plenty of this over-the-top distraction. 90 Year old bridge in decay, we do not need to tax the elite and put people to work rebuilding our country. We just need to stay distracted and send off our yound men and our dollars to the MIC. Gee I wonder what Sheen did Today?

  • Anonymous

    A fetus testifying to brain stems. Show me a conservative that can think on his feet like Rush Holt. Their aren’t any.

  • FieryLocks

    They probably borrowed the fetus from Rick Santorum. When they’re done he would like it back so his kids can take it out in the yard for a game of tag.

  • Anonymous

    more so than republicans.

  • Anonymous

    If they really wanted to get to the heart of the matter, one of them should masturbate onto the microphone.

  • Robert

    A talking fetus would be a relief to listen to after the never-ending line of assholes that are their normal spokespeople.

  • Anonymous

    No thats George Bush who played with his moms fetus she kept in a jar…. hey this is according to Dubya himself!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe its George W. Bush’s mom’s fetus that according to Dubya he played with in a jar.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to see how much time, money and energy these people put into educating teens about contraception, providing contraception to poor and disadvantaged, helping single mothers and orphans, how many take in foster kids, adopt unwanted children, how many voted for health care for children?

  • Scuby

    Somebody should rig the microphone so that when they start to play the heartbeat, a small child’s voice says
    “All you GOP talichristians can go fuck yourselves. Leave my mother alone”!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    What the HELL is happening to every body? And the most shocking thing is that Ms Janet folger Porter really thinks this should go to court using this……fetus thing as an example? Pure lunacy. People are coming out lately was the crazes on all fronts.

  • Anonymous

    I have some live sperm I’d like to have testify. It doesn’t make any noise but it wiggles a lot under the microscope.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Well now I wonder what the life insurance companies in Ohio are going to do if this bull passes? They are not allowed to discriminate so can I get a life insurance policy once the “state” has declared the fetus to be alive? How about a social security number or how about claiming a dependent deduction?

    Seriously just because an organism is functioning does not mean it has attained sentient being status. I might go with higher level brain wave activity but that would be the limit of bestowing “life” status upon a fetus!

  • Robert Shaftoe

    Does this bill tell people what to do if they’re caught in a burning building and they have a choice between saving a freezer full of fertilized human eggs, or a four year old?

  • Robert Shaftoe

    “Why would I want to come out of here? If I’m a typical guy, I’ll just spend the rest of my life trying to get back in here.” LOL


    “I’m here as an example of why Child Labor Laws are obsolete. The Koch Brothers would have paid me big money to be here to create a media circus to distract from all the people protesting on behalf of unions here and throughout the country.”


    “Why would I want to come out of here? As soon as I do, you Republicans will treat me like the matter in the orifice next door .”

  • Anonymous

    Oh Christ.

    Why don’t you just outlaw condoms. Maybe that would make you fetus freaks happy.

    They ought to take some of the Arizona nutcases in the legislature and all you egg defenders and put you on your own island.

    Call it Arizublican Island.

  • Guest

    Why not? Hey, Ohioans, if you’re going to let these clowns run amok, why not just elect fetuses to serve as your governor and as your legislators?

    Though unborn they’d have more brainpower than these Repukkke idiots by a long shot and you’d never have to worry about them stealing your money and giving it to the rich pukkkes while claiming to do the exact opposite either!