Abortion defenders have long said all that’s being aborted is a clump of cells. But pro-life forces say if a heartbeat can be detected, that proves what’s inside the womb is a life and should be protected. A new bill in Congress, HR490, would make the presence of that heartbeat the standard for outlawing an abortion.
Some 170 House members back the Heartbeat Protection Act, which had its first hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Polling by the Barna Group shows 69 percent of Americans back the bill.