The power of the heart, the value of a life

Friday, September 25, 2020
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Chris Woodward, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

hand with ultrasound wandA pro-family ministry known and respected worldwide will be streaming a live ultrasound and a baby's heartbeat online on Saturday, hoping to change hearts and minds about abortion.

In May 2019, Focus on the Family set up a live 4-D ultrasound in Times Square. An estimated 20,000 people – including Planned Parenthood protesters, BLM protesters, and scores of people who just happened to be passing by – saw a third-trimester baby live in the womb and heard the heartbeat. (See related video below)

President Donald Trump says it's "our sacrosanct moral duty" to ensure that babies born alive after an abortion attempt receive the medical care they deserve, no matter their circumstances.

The president made that statement Wednesday while announcing he intends to sign an executive order requiring health care providers do whatever possible to help babies who survive an abortion attempt. He called it the "Born Alive Executive Order."

Jennie Lichter, deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy, offered more details later that day.

"This executive order is really trying to beef up protections for all babies born alive – no matter the circumstances of their birth, no matter the timing of their birth. So in other words, no matter how premature the baby or what kind of medical distress it's born into, that baby is a person, a human being with dignity, and … has protections under federal law," she explained.

Lichter further explained that babies who survive abortions in an abortion clinic don't have the same protections given to those born in most hospitals. "We want to make sure that they're getting the protection of the law that they're due, and that they're treated with dignity," she added.

Lichter made her comments on the "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" radio program.

FOTF president Jim Daly said one could hear a pin drop when the image came up.

Daly

"I'm telling you, it was amazing. It was a holy hush that fell on that place," the ministry leader shares. "When that heartbeat of that baby began to waft through Times Square – I mean, everybody just fell silent."

The event featured a number of speakers talking about the impact of abortion – which apparently changed some minds.

"One of [the speakers] said more black babies were killed in New York City last year from abortion than were born," Daly tells OneNewsNow. "At that point, the Black Lives Matter folks threw their signs down and joined us. The lightbulb went off. [It's like they were asking themselves] Why are we standing with those who are killing our babies? Let's go stand with those who are saving our babies."

Daly is hopeful the live streaming on Saturday will recreate that awe, but this time to a national audience online.

"We had planned for a five-city simulcast, but we can't pull that off with the COVID situation," he explains, "so we've moved it to a digital delivery on September 26, this Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern time."

Those interested in watching are invited to tune in to the Focus on the Family Facebook page at that time.

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