LACKING RESEARCH & FACTS
It LACKS research and facts. The bill states, “a person may not knowingly perform an abortion after a health care provider detects a fetal heartbeat…”
This may seem like splitting hairs, but “health care providers” don’t have anything to do with detecting fetal heartbeats at Planned Parenthood.
1. The last thing Planned Parenthood wants to find is a heartbeat. The wrongly bill assumes they are even looking for the baby’s heartbeat when an ultrasound is performed before killing the baby.
2. If the bill doesn’t regulate how the heartbeat will be found and by whom, including their certifications, licenses, and registrations, then anybody can perform the ultrasound for any purpose other than those regulated by health codes and Alaska Statute 08.
3. If the bill doesn’t regulate a specific kind of equipment and in specific manner, covering specific parts of the mother’s abdomen and scanning specific parts of the baby’s body, then there’s no reason to believe the heartbeat is detectable by the ultrasound machine, nor that the technician will actually search for the baby’s heart.
4. What about enforcement? Have the men and women who are so morally compromised that they kill babies for profit will somehow develop the ethical standards that would compel compliance?
Finally, this section of the bill concludes with, “unless the abortion is medically necessary.”
Before we address the “medical necessity” component of this bill, we’ve got to remember that killing babies before they are born is never medically necessary.