The House voted 75-12 on Thursday for the Heartbeat Informed Consent Act. This bill gives a woman the opportunity to hear the heartbeat of her unborn child through the use of the fetal heart monitor.
“Thanks to advances in modern medicine, we’ve gone from the days when people claimed a baby was ‘just a clump of cells’ to being able to see the truly astounding process of development in the womb,” said Peterson, R-Tulsa. “This legislation simply ensures that a woman is given the opportunity to assess that information. Our laws should not be stuck in the 1950s when it comes to medical issues.”
Senate Bill 1274 would apply to situations where the unborn baby is eight weeks or older, and the woman would have the choice of whether or not to hear the heartbeat during a standard pre-procedure exam.
“It is important to ensure informed-consent rights,” Peterson said. “There’s a much greater array of medical data now available to women, and we should not allow them to be denied access to that knowledge.”
Peterson noted the bill is in keeping with U.S. Supreme Court rulings. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the court’s majority declared, “In attempting to ensure that a woman apprehend the full consequences of her decision, the State furthers the legitimate purpose of reducing the risk that a woman may elect an abortion, only to discover later, with devastating psychological consequences, that her decision was not fully informed…”