You know who we don’t hear from enough? Fetuses.
That’s right, those little things inside the wombs of pregnant women. We never hear from them! Never get to know how they feel, what they think, whether or not they’ve been watching the Charlie Sheen videos.
Well, leave it to anti-choicers to remedy that injustice! Today in Ohio, two pregnant women were trotted out in front of the House Health Committee and hooked up to ultrasounds, in order to have images and audio from their wombs projected into the room. This proud moment in American politics was passed off as the “testimony” of the fetuses, in support of a bill that would outlaw abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected.
So, yes — those pushing the bill managed to be incredibly insulting to women, presented, as we were, as silent vessels, and also to dabble in the realm of the completely fucking absurd. Or, as one Democrat put it, according to Cleveland.com:
“I don’t want to be part and parcel of abusing young women for the sake of passing a bill,” said Rep. Bob Hagan, a Youngstown-area Democrat who supports abortion rights. “It was too much of a circus and I didn’t want to witness it.”