LifeSite News reported on Wednesday morning that a new pro-life bill has more than enough support to pass through the House of Representatives if it is brought to the floor. Co-sponsored by 169 representatives and introduced by Steve King from Iowa, the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 looks as though it has a shot at becoming law.
This is "the best news the pro-life community has never heard of," remarked Janet Porter of Faith 2, according to LifeSite. Porter, who is the bill's architect, will be presenting at today's hearing, which is being held by the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
“To deny the unborn child’s heartbeat is to deny science,” said Porter. “To ignore it is heartless.”
The bill, if it is signed into law, will have a significant impact. The heart of humans in the womb begins beating at 21 days. Parents can usually hear their babies' heartbeat at around six or eight weeks.
Many of the Republican officials who have co-sponsored the bills have remarked that protecting the right to life is one of the most fundamental duties of a lawmaker. And the proposed bill defends life from one of the earliest moments it can be detected — as soon as the doctor can find a child's heartbeat. Those who are co-sponsoring the bill believe that each beating heart represents a unique human being with dignity, and all human beings have worth that deserves to be protected against the threat of abortion.
Before Roe v. Wade, it was usually accepted that life begins at conception. But since 1973, nearly 60 million innocent babies have had their lives ended by the abortion industry.
“Since Roe v. Wade was unconstitutionally decided in 1973, nearly 60 million innocent babies' lives have been ended by the abortion industry, all with a rubber stamp by the federal government,” said King.
Porter, the architect of the bill, remarks that he views the position articulated by the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 to be a compromise. On the one hand, pro-life activists wish to protect life beginning at conception and wish to ban abortion in all circumstances. On the other hand, pro-abortion activists often want to abort babies until birth.
"But we can agree," he says, that aborting a baby with a beating heart is wrong. Until pro-lifers can convince Americans that life begins at conception, Porter believes that this is a good starting place. And with Republicans in control of virtually the entire federal government, now is a good time to act in defense of human life.
“We’ve never been to a funeral of somebody with a beating heart,” noted Porter. If a person is dying on the ground, “the first thing you do is check for a pulse.”
“It’s time that we actually make good on those pro-life promises that we’ve been hearing about from all these leaders, all these representatives, all these senators, for literally decades,” she said.
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