Elections really do have consequences, just like people keep saying! Take the suddenly super-Republican empire that is Ohio. What would a hypothetical Democratic leadership be doing in that statehouse right now? Probably hiding under their desks, looking for welfare money. Which is much better than what the current real life Republican leadership is doing today: Giving two ladies ultrasounds during a hearing over an anti-abortion bill.

The Ohio bill under consideration, adorably nicknamed the "heartbeat bill," would "ban abortions after a heartbeat can be detected, except in cases of medical emergencies." And so the bill's sponsors brought in a couple of props — lady props — to teach the citizens of Ohio what a "heartbeat" is:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - State lawmakers in Ohio have seen ultrasound images of two fetuses as proponents of what would be the most stringent abortion law in the nation pushed their proposal.

The bill would ban abortions after the first heartbeat can be medically detected.

Two young mothers were given ultrasounds in a packed room at the Statehouse as part of a House committee meeting Wednesday. The heartbeat of a fetus at 15 weeks gestation was easily detected. The heartbeat in a fetus of nine weeks gestation was difficult to detect.

A bunch of morbid clowns playing with expensive medical equipment: This is America, Winning the Future. Absolute victory on every front.

[Image via AP]