- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

“Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee used her TBS show on Monday to attack pro-life Ohioans for their defense of “lentil-sized” developing children.

Ohio lawmakers passed two bills last week that would restrict access to abortion if signed Gov. John Kasich. One bill aims to ban abortion the moment doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat, while a second piece of legislation bans the procedure after 20 weeks of gestation. Mr. Kasich previously questioned the constitutionality of the former law.

“Pro-lifers are geniuses at making a lentil-sized cluster of developing cells sound like a fully baked pageant baby,” Ms. Bee joked as her audience burst into laughter. “I’m surprised they haven’t passed a law forcing women to put their sonogram through the puppy Snapchat filter before they decide whether to keep it.”

The comedian said pro-life advocates strenuously point to heartbeats in developing children because it is “the only thing that is remotely person-like” at six weeks.

Medical textbooks say otherwise.

The sixth edition of “Gabbe Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies” states the following:

“Five weeks after conception, the embryo first begins to assume features of human appearance. The face is recognizable, with the formation of discernible eyes, nose, and ears. Limbs emerge from protruding buds; digits, cartilage, and muscles develop. The cerebral hemispheres begin to fill the brain area, and the optic stalk becomes apparent. Nerve connections are established between the retina and the brain. The digestive tract rotates from its prior tubular structure, and the liver starts to produce blood cells and bile. Two tubes emerge from the pharynx to become bronchi, and the lungs have lobes and bronchioles. The heart is beating at 5 weeks and is almost completely developed by 8 weeks after conception.”

Current Ohio law prohibits abortion once a fetus is considered viable outside the womb — from 24 to 26 weeks of gestation, Reuters reported Dec. 8.

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