Protect Life Act Debate: Pro-abort Rep. Can’t Bring Herself to Say ‘Heartbeat’


The other week I drew attention to a shocking videoin which a number of Planned Parenthood representatives repeatedly urged university students to ignore the science about when life begins. Not only did they suggest that the science has no bearing at all upon the debate about abortion, but they appeared even to cast doubt on the very ability of science to learn for certain key facts about the unborn child — such as when the heartbeat begins.

Now comes another video, in which a leading lawmaker, a Representative in the United States House of Representatives, struggles to find a way to describe a bill in Texas that requires doctors to allow women to listen to the heartbeat of their unborn child before deciding to have the child killed through an abortion.

Of course, the fact that an unborn child has a heartbeat is deeply problematic for pro-aborts (“blobs of tissue” don’t generally have heartbeats), so how does Rep. Sheila Jackson manage to obscure this reality? She says that the bill allowed women to listen to “uh, sounds that, uh, might discourage this needed action.”

You get that? “Sounds.”

Pray tell, Rep. Jackson, what nameless “sounds” were the women allowed to listen to that were so powerful as to change their minds and dissuade them from having an abortion that they “needed”? Was it, perhaps a recording of pro-life propaganda?: something designed by anti-abortion extremists to beat women over the head and fill them with guilt for exercising their “right to choose”?

No, Rep. Jackson, it was nothing of the kind. It was the quiet, steady sound of the heart of their unborn child beating. And if that dissuades them from choosing an abortion, it is not because of any propaganda, it is because women are now in full possession of the facts – the facts that abortion extremists like you desperately want to ensure women do not have.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: the pro-abortion ideology depends almost entirely upon euphemism, obscurantism, and meaningless slogans that are carefully crafted to distract from the central question of the abortion debate: is the unborn child human? 

The linguistic wizards of the anti-life left have created a whole system of language that is designed to be at one remove from reality, to dodge and to duck around the core facts. Thus they speak about the “products of pregnancy” rather than about the “unborn child,” or “dilation and evacuation” rather than “partial-birth abortion,” or “terminate the pregnancy,” rather than “kill the unborn child,” or “evacuate the contents of the uterus,” rather than “vacuum out the dead body of the unborn child from its mother’s womb,” or the “right to choose,” rather than the “right to choose to kill your unborn child.”

And, of course, we can now add to the list “sound” instead of “heartbeat.”

And watch how slippery this language is! In the famous book about pregnancy, “What to Expect When You are Expecting,” on pages 42 and 43 we find information about prenatal diagnosis. On those pages we are told that in case of fetal abnormalities there are two options: to continue the pregnancy or to terminate the pregnancy.

Interestingly, in the paragraph about continuing the pregnancy, we are told all about a “baby.” But in the next paragraph, which is all about “terminating” the pregnancy, there is no mention of a baby at all; the baby has been completely replaced with the laughably impersonal “products of pregnancy.”

What, then, has become of the baby? Nothing, of course. It’s still right where it was, but it has now been covered over with the cloak of pro-abortion obscurantism.

Unfortunately for pro-aborts, the science is abundantly clear: the unborn child is human, and abortion is the brutal killing of that child. Those who wish to deny this, or to justify abortion only have two roads to follow: 1) To obscure the science and pretend it doesn’t exist, which increasingly makes them look silly as more and more people become informed, or; 2) Argue that not all human beings have the right to life, and thus open up Pandora’s box, whereby a certain class of human beings are denied the right to life based upon a set of arbitrary criteria.

Now, where have I heard of that second route before?


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  • florin

    Sometimes I think that we are living in an upside down world. At Mass today I was wondering if politicians decide to legalize the molestion of children, what would people do? I believe there would be massive outbursts of horror – but the massive killing of preborn babies is acceptable, normal. Of course, most people are against this but the fact that so many not only accept the killing of preborn human babies but advocate passionately that this be allowed, is mind boggling. And the fact that Catholic politicians like Pelosi and Biden and Kerry and others can advocate for this destruction of human life and yet be considered Catholics in good standing with the Church and so permitted to receive the Eucharist is even more mind boggling. What if these same ‘Catholic’ politicians were to begin advancing the cause of pedophila – of child molestation? Would they still be considered Catholics in good standing? Truly, we are living in an upside down world.