Janet Porter, a Christian activist based in Ohio, expressed her desire this week to ban abortions before women even know that they are pregnant (video below).
Porter told fellow activist Gordon Klingenschmitt on his "Pray In Jesus Name" show that she wants the federal government to pass her "heartbeat bill," and will be meeting with several Republicans at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Jan 20., notes Right Wing Watch.
The "heartbeat bill," which Porter tried to get passed in Ohio, would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen before a woman knows she is pregnant, as early as six weeks after conception.
Porter told Klingenschmitt that the fetal heartbeat begins 18 days after conception, which she felt would be proven by future technology:
By the way, as technology increases, we’re going to be hearing that baby’s heartbeat younger and younger. Remember, that heart is beating at 18 days. That’s before the mother even knows she’s pregnant. Now, we can’t technologically hear the baby’s heartbeat that soon, but one day perhaps we will and so it may be the heartbeat [bill] will protect all of them eventually as technology improves. So it's a great, great first step.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, the fetal heart forms in the fifth week, but does not start pumping until the sixth week:
The fifth week of pregnancy, or the third week after conception, marks the beginning of the embryonic period. This is when the baby's brain, spinal cord, heart and other organs begin to form...
Growth is rapid this [sixth] week. Just four weeks after conception, the neural tube along your baby's back is closing and your baby's heart is pumping blood.