HB2324 would outlaw abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Typically this occurs sometime later in the first trimester, but can be detected as early as six weeks in some cases. There are several things that make this problematic. First of all, a lot of women don't even know they are pregnant until they are into the middle of the first trimester. This leaves very little time to make a decision, gather the resources and schedule an abortion.
Thanks to anti-choice zealots, restrictions on abortion are excessive and make the procedure much harder to obtain than it should be. This is on purpose. The set up waiting periods, threaten and drive providers out of business so you have to travel, force mandatory (often medically unnecessary) procedures, this is all an attempt to make it where it takes women too long to get things in order. Then they spring a heartbeat bill through and Boom! A woman who thought she was doing reasonably well getting everything arranged by the 10 week is told Sorry Sweetheart you are stuck, there's a heartbeat. Then comes the double whammy, said woman who just told no - cannot proceed with an abortion even if she wants one, unless - she can go to a more reasonable state for medical care or there is a severe enough medical condition to justify an abortion.
I have to say - the idea of forced pregnancy is repugnant to me. NO ONE has the right to use my body without my consent. NO ONE. Consenting to sex, does not equal consent to pregnancy and gestation, any more than driving down the road is consenting to being rear-ended. In both cases, people generally actively try to mitigate their chances of an accident - but well things happen. I guess people should just have to drive around in cars with their ass ends smashed in, because well - should have kept kept off the road.
This legislation is nothing more than yet another attempt by a group of zealots to control women. This has nothing to do with "saving babies" and nothing to do with women's health or any other bullshit concern. This has to do with punishing and controlling women. Particularly poor women. Rich women and their families will always have access to abortion, they can go out of state easily or even out of the country, if necessary - Legislators do not write these laws for people like them - they write them for people like us. People without the means to challenge it, without the means to go somewhere else - and that is what forced thousands of women to take matters into their own hands. We do not want to and will not go back to the days of coat hangers, back alley/black market providers and dead and dying women. Roe established that abortion is legal until viability - this law flies in the face of that precedent - but I fear that is the only purpose.
I urge you to contact the Representatives named on the NEWS! page. Thank you!