TX legislature nearing final heartbeat bill

Thursday, May 6, 2021
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Charlie Butts, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

hand with ultrasound wandTexas legislators, already known for their public stand for the unborn, are moving closer to passing a final “heartbeat” bill over howls of protest from abortion supporters who claim a fetal heartbeat is “disinformation.”

The Texas Senate passed a heartbeat bill and sent it to the House where it passed on a second reading before lawmakers. The bill is now bouncing back to the Senate after several amendments were added.

Jonathan Covey of Texas Values says the bill requires doctors to check for a baby’s heartbeat and to inform the mother if a heartbeat is detected.

“It also requires,” Covey continues, “that once a heartbeat is detected, a doctor has to take all the necessary steps to protect the life of an unborn child.”

The legislation, which is sure to set off a legal challenge, also creates civil liability for aiding and abetting an abortion if there is a heartbeat.

Passage of so-called “heartbeat” bills has become a major goal for pro-life activists who know science is on their side. They also have data that shows abortion-minded mothers choose life when they hear the fetal heartbeat.

Abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood predictably fight heartbeat legislation since they lose money when a woman fails to go through the abortion.

In a 2019 articled posted on a Planned Parenthood website, the group complains that heartbeat bills are really “disinformation” to mask the “true agenda” of anti-abortion supporters, which is banning abortion as early as six weeks.

The same Planned Parenthood story also claims the term “fetal heart” is a “provocative” claim because a fetus has not developed a heartbeat by week six but, the story claims, instead emits a “detectable activity within a 4-millimeter wide growth known as a fetal pole.”

That claim is easily refuted on pregnancy websites.

pregnancy ultrasoundBabyCenter.com explains that two tiny “tubes” are forming a human heart by week five, and the heartbeat can be detected because blood begins flowing through the tubes as they fuse together.

The pregnancy website advises women they can “hear (and see) the heartbeat at eight weeks” if they undergo a first trimester ultrasound.

“A normal heartbeat at 6-7 weeks would be 90-110 beats per minute,” Americanpregnancy.org advises. “The presence of an embryonic heartbeat is an assuring sign of the health of the pregnancy.”

“Everyone recognizes what a heartbeat is,” Covey tells One News Now. “If you have a heartbeat, you're deemed alive.”

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