Janet Porter has pulled out all the stops in her effort to pass her radical anti-choice “Heartbeat Bill” in Ohio. Over the last year, she has filled the Ohio House with heart-shaped red balloons, re-written the lyrics to an 80’s pop tune, brought in prophets and apostles to push for passage, and even had multiple fetuses “testify” in favor of the legislation.
But still her bill remains stuck in the Ohio Senate, which is why she held another press conference yesterday to push for its passage; this one featuring children with teddy bears advocating on its behalf:
Christian Harrington didn’t mince words during his moment at the Statehouse Tuesday.
The 8-year-old wants the Ohio Senate to take action on the Heartbeat Bill, legislation that would ban abortions within weeks of conception.
“I’m here to save babies with beating hearts,” Christian, barely tall enough to peer over a podium, told a packed committee hearing room. “And I want to tell the senators to pass the Heartbeat Bill right now. And when I mean right now, I mean right now.”
The youngster was one of more than 50 children who were in Columbus Tuesday as part of the latest attempt by backers of the Heartbeat Bill to convince lawmakers to pass the legislation.
They had a press conference with reporters, held a faux committee hearing showing lawmakers how to vote in favor of the bill and delivered Teddy bears, complete with real heartbeat sound chip, to all 33 Ohio senators.
“Do not believe the stuff the people tell you at the abortion clinic,” said 11-year-old Sydney McCauley. “The just say it’s a blob of tissue, and that is not the truth. That blob of tissue is actually forming into a baby.”
Porter posted video of the event on her website yesterday where she explained that legislators had already heard from babies, national and local anti-abortion leaders, and the residents of Ohio … so now it was time to hear from the children, like Noah who Porter held up to the microphone so he could explain that “I am 4 and I have a heartbeat”: