U.S. House Hearing on the ‘Heartbeat Bill’

Here is David E. Smith writing at the Illinois Family Institute:

Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on a monumental piece of pro-life legislation known as the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017.  Introduced by U.S. Representative Steven King (R-IA), H.R. 490 would require abortionists to listen for a heartbeat of a pre-born child and if it’s detected, the abortion could not proceed.  The only exception would be in cases where the mother’s life is in jeopardy.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the heartbeat of an in utero human being can be detected as early as six weeks of pregnancy.

Of the members of the Illinois Congressional delegation, U.S. Representatives Peter Roskam (R-Barrington), John Shimkus (R-Effingham), Randy Hultrgen (R-McHenry), Darin LaHood(R-Peoria), Rodney Davis (R-Champaign), Mike Bost (R-Carbondale) and Adam Kinzinger(R-Rockford) have signed on as co-sponsors.

Of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, this proposal already has 169 co-sponsors, including one Democrat from Minnesota (Collin Peterson).

“We think this bill properly applied does eliminate a large, large share of the abortions — 90 percent or better — of the abortions in America,” U.S. Rep. King told reporters in January, according to The Daily Caller.

“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,” he said. “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.”

This legislation also helps to educate the public of the humanity of the pre-born child. A detectable heartbeat sends the unmistakable message of life. Simply put, inanimate tissue doesn’t have a heartbeat.

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