Planned Parenthood Caught Changing Fetal Development Info, Calls Baby’s Beating Heart “Cardiac Activity”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 22, 2022   |   1:15PM   |   Washington, DC

For the second time in a month, Planned Parenthood is being called out for changing medical information on its website to match the pro-abortion talking points of the day.

In July, the abortion chain altered a section about ectopic pregnancies amid false claims that pro-life laws ban medical treatment for the condition. Then, this week, a pro-life medical doctor noticed that Planned Parenthood also changed how it describes an unborn baby’s heartbeat.

Dr. Calum Miller, a British medical doctor and ethicist, published two screen shots of its webpage about early fetal development Monday on Twitter.

The earlier version states that an unborn baby has a “very basic beating heart” at 5-6 weeks of pregnancy. In the new version, however, Planned Parenthood uses more politicized, roundabout language that detracts from the truth.

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“A part of the embryo starts to show cardiac activity,” according to the new description. “It sounds like a heartbeat on an ultrasound, but it’s not a fully-formed heart – it’s the earliest stage of the heart developing.”

Miller connected the change to the increasing popularity of heartbeat laws across the United States. More than a dozen states have passed heartbeat laws, and Texas became the first to enforce one last year. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, other states are enforcing or battling with pro-abortion groups in court to enforce their heartbeat laws and save unborn babies’ lives.

These laws protect unborn babies from abortions once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy, which is before many women know they are pregnant.

A few years ago, however, when polls began showing public support for heartbeat legislation, abortion activists launched a misinformation campaign to convince the public that unborn babies do not really have heartbeats at six weeks of pregnancy.

With the help of mainstream news outlets, pro-abortion groups spread claims that the heartbeat is just “embryonic pulsing,” “electrical pulsing,” “fetal pole cardiac activity” or a “so-called heartbeat.”

But altering the language does not alter the truth. According to a pregnancy outline on the Mayo Clinic website, “the heart and other organs also are starting to form and the heart begins to beat” at about four weeks after conception.

Secular Pro-Life recently compiled a list of quotes from textbooks, scientific journals and other expert sources that confirm an unborn baby’s heart begins to beat as early as 22 days gestation.

A few years ago, the prestigious University of Oxford and the British Health Association also published a study suggesting that the human heart may begin beating as early as 16 days after conception.

“The heart is the first organ to form during pregnancy and is critical in providing oxygen and nutrients to the developing embryo,” the university researchers wrote.

Despite the misinformation from Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups, the truth is clear.

Baby websites, doctors, scientific research – even TV shows – and more all acknowledge what millions of mothers know to be true, women who saw or heard soon after that first positive pregnancy test the heartbeat of a tiny, living unborn child.