Science could provide the most convincing argument in support of a Missouri Heartbeat Bill.
A Heartbeat Bill has been submitted in both houses of the Missouri legislature – one sponsored by Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Mo.), which bans abortions if a heartbeat can be detected, which is a concept blocked by a number of courts in the United States.
“It's hard to argue if a person has a beating heart that they should be allowed live and not be killed – whether in the womb or outside the womb,” Koenig contended. “And so, I think it's the right arguments, and I think if we have enough states that pass it, then maybe the courts will reconsider it.”
However, there is another argument that has come up contending that a woman should have the right to determine life or death for their preborn child – a concept often coined as “women’s reproductive rights.”
“If you say that you can kill a child in the womb because it's less developed, then you can also say the same thing for a five-year-old,” the pro-life senator argued. “So clearly, development is not something that determines our humanity.”
Since Roe v. Wade was issued by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing abortion, the medical community has helped shine a light on life.
“What you find is at conception is a new, distinct genetic organism, so there's really no other way to define when human life begins other than at conception,” Koenig explained. “That's what science tells us.”
Koenig is confident that the pro-life legislature will pass the bill.
Other heartbeat measures have been introduced in Kentucky, South Carolina and Florida.