Ohio "Heartbeat Bill" co-sponsor admitted he hadn't given the abortion thing much thought

Source: AP
Source: AP

There's no reason any politician should be legislating what a woman can and can't do with her own body. In 2012, Republican State Rep. Jim Buchy, a supporter of the latest anti-abortion legislation coming out of Ohio, made that even more abundantly clear in an interview with Al Jazeera.

At the time, Buchy was the co-sponsor on a bill to dramatically shorten the window of time in which someone is allowed to terminate their pregnancy. In the interview, he tells the Al Jazeera reporter his ultimate goal is a near-total ban on abortion.

Pressing him on this extreme stance, the reporter asks, "What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?"

Buchy is at a loss.

"Well, there's probably a lot of..." he starts, before breaking into laughter. "I'm not a woman. I'm thinking now if I'm a woman, why would I want to get... Some of it has to do with economics. A lot of it has to do with economics."

He continued, "I don't know. It's a question I've never even thought about."

A balloon outside the Ohio statehouse in 2012 supporting the heartbeat bill.
Source: 
Ann Sanner/AP

The "Heartbeat Bill," which passed through the Ohio state senate on Tuesday, would just about achieve Buchy's goal of ending abortion completely. He is among the bill's nearly 50 co-sponsors

The extreme piece of legislation would make it illegal to terminate a pregnancy following the first detectable heartbeat, which usually occurs around the six-week mark. At this point in time, many people may not even know they're pregnant, as the cut-off date would arrive just two weeks after the first missed period. Now that the bill has passed through Ohio's house and senate, Gov. John Kasich has 10 days to either veto the bill or sign it into law. 

Buchy is certainly not alone in his ignorance of what an abortion entails. In October's final presidential debate, Donald Trump dove into a graphic and factually incorrect description of an abortion procedure, stating, "In the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby."

Trump also stated his intentions to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn 1973 landmark Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, a move which would mark the end of legal abortions in the United States. 

With the "Heartbeat Bill," Ohio would be one step closer to achieving that end game.

See the interview, excerpted on the Rachel Maddow Show, below:

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Marie Solis

Marie is a Slay staff writer with focuses in culture and class. Her writing has appeared in Gothamist and the Awl. You can reach her at marie@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Theresa May announces pact with Northern Ireland's conservative DUP

10 of the DUP's MPs will vote alongside May's party in exchange for more than $1 billion of funds.

Supreme Court will hear case of baker who refused service to gay couples on religious grounds

The Supreme Court will take on the case of a bakery owner who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

'Hot Mic' podcast: Health care opposition, Trump on Russian meddling & Pakistan tanker explosion

The important stories to get you caught up for Monday morning.

Dozens missing after tourist boat carrying more than 160 passengers sinks in Colombia

At least six people are confirmed dead and dozens more unaccounted for.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's website hacked with pro-ISIS propaganda

The same attack also hit government websites in Brookhaven, New York, and Howard County, Maryland, according to reports.

Movement for Black Lives activists disrupt Minneapolis Pride to protest Philando Castile verdict

Protesters reportedly held signs with messages like "No KKKops at Pride."

Theresa May announces pact with Northern Ireland's conservative DUP

10 of the DUP's MPs will vote alongside May's party in exchange for more than $1 billion of funds.

Supreme Court will hear case of baker who refused service to gay couples on religious grounds

The Supreme Court will take on the case of a bakery owner who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

'Hot Mic' podcast: Health care opposition, Trump on Russian meddling & Pakistan tanker explosion

The important stories to get you caught up for Monday morning.

Dozens missing after tourist boat carrying more than 160 passengers sinks in Colombia

At least six people are confirmed dead and dozens more unaccounted for.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's website hacked with pro-ISIS propaganda

The same attack also hit government websites in Brookhaven, New York, and Howard County, Maryland, according to reports.

Movement for Black Lives activists disrupt Minneapolis Pride to protest Philando Castile verdict

Protesters reportedly held signs with messages like "No KKKops at Pride."