Bill introduced in Congress would ban abortions after a preborn baby’s heartbeat is detected

On January 12, 2017, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) introduced a federal version of “The Heartbeat Bill.” A press release from King’s office explained [emphasis added]:

“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. “Human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is sacred in all of its forms and today, I introduced a bill that will protect the lives of voiceless innocents.

My legislation will require all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child. If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected.

America was founded on the concept that our rights come from God. All human persons have a right to life. How then could we confer that those rights allow the killing of a baby? …”

King took to Facebook to publicly commit himself to defending the most defenseless and to be a voice for those who are violently silenced every day in America, writing: “I believe our most important responsibility that God has bestowed upon us is to protect innocent human life, and I will continue to dedicate my life to that responsibility.”

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) is King’s co-sponsor on the bill. Franks has previously questioned his fellow members of Congress: “I beg you to open your own hearts and ask yourselves, ‘What is so liberating about brutally and painfully dismembering living, helpless, little human babies?'”

For decades, science has known that a preborn child’s heart is beating at 21 days, but according to one study, the heart actually begins to beat at 16 days. A scientific organization who has partnered with National Geographic, The Endowment for Human Development, produced the video below, showing the beating heart of a child very early on in pregnancy:

Science clearly establishes that a new, unique, human life begins at the earliest moment of fertilization, and any form of abortion violently destroys that life, including the D&E procedure that Rep. Franks referred to.

Four of the most common types of abortion are explained by a former abortionist, through medical animation, at The method of abortion often used early in pregnancy is known as “the abortion pill,” “RU-486,” or “medication abortion.” It is described by Dr. Anthony Levatino below:

Editor’s Note: If you have started an abortion, specifically with the abortion pill, and are regretting your decision, medical professionals may be able to help you reverse the abortion and save your baby’s life. Time is of the essence. For information and assistance, please visit or call the 24-hour nurse-staffed hotline at 1-877-558-0333.

If you are considering abortion, please see 10 Reasons Not to Have an Abortion or this resource for women who are feeling pressured or forced into abortion.

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