Abortion activists are taking the simple fact that an unborn baby has a heartbeat at six weeks of pregnancy and re-describing it with clever, carefully-crafted rhetoric that is meant to deceive.
And they are doing it as support grows for laws that ban abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. The Texas House advanced a heartbeat bill on Wednesday, and soon may join about a dozen other states with similar laws.
Houston abortionist Bhavik Kumar (pictured), a board member of Physicians for Reproductive Health, slammed the pro-life bill as “misleading” in an interview with CBS Austin. He claimed that an unborn baby’s heartbeat is not really a heartbeat at six weeks; rather, it’s just “cardiac activity.”
“We … define that more as cardiac activity, which is essentially cells that have electrical activity and there can be a sound that is heard, but it’s not a beating heart like yours or mine is,” Kumar said. “There’s a scientific difference.”
Actually, there isn’t. Kumar is just using different words to describe the exact same thing in an attempt to mislead people about the facts of an unborn baby’s development. Though the unborn baby’s heart is not fully developed at six weeks of pregnancy, it already has four chambers and it is beating, according to the Endowment for Human Development.
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Yet, Kumar continued to paint the facts as emotional manipulation.
“And so to use something that is arbitrary like that to decide if a person should be forced to carry a pregnancy to term and potentially parent that child is a very very different thing than what we are talking about,” he continued. “We are talking about cells that have electrical activity.”
Here’s more from the report:
Kumar says the term fetal heartbeat is serving as an emotional vehicle for passing this legislation, but it does not reflect what a woman is feeling when she is in the position of having to decide whether not to move forward with an abortion.
“It’s important to understand the difference about that, and also important to understand that different people think about that differently and what’s most important and what’s most important is the person that’s caring about pregnancy and what they think and what they value and prioritizing that,” said Kumar.
The detection of a heartbeat and development of the heart are not arbitrary. They are biological, scientific facts that scientists, doctors and most of the general public know to be true.
It is well established that an unborn child’s heart begins to beat during the earliest stages of pregnancy, typically between four to six weeks after fertilization. In 2016, researchers at the University of Oxford announced findings that the heart may actually begin beating earlier – as soon as 16 days after conception.
Most pregnant women also would attest to the fact that their unborn baby has a heartbeat. YouTube is full of videos of pregnant mothers at their doctors’ offices listening to their babies’ heartbeats for the first time, and most baby websites also refer to the unborn baby’s heartbeat.
These facts are basic, important information that every pregnant woman should be informed of, but apparently Kumar and other abortionists want to hide that from women who are considering abortions.
Fortunately, it appears that many Americans are not falling for their obvious deception. A new poll from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune found almost half (49 percent) of Texans support an abortion ban after six weeks, while 41 percent oppose it.
A 2019 Hill-HarrisX survey also found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive. Gallup polls also consistently have found that a majority of Americans think all or most abortions should be illegal.
A final vote on the Texas bill is expected Thursday.