I Can't Hear You

Drowning out the Heartbeat

When it comes to the truth about abortion, the other side just isn’t listening. I’ll explain what I mean by not listening next on BreakPoint.

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Eric Metaxas

Have you heard those stories about German churches that sang their hymns louder and louder so as to drown out the screams of the Jews being transported to the death camps on a nearby railway? Well, something horribly similar is happening again today, this time in the state of Texas.

Pro-abortion forces are not happy that a state law now requires abortion clinics to have patients watch a sonogram of their unborn baby, receive a medically-accurate explanation of what they are seeing, and listen to the baby's heartbeat.

This last part was too much truth for pro-choice blogger Denise Paolucci. She came up with the idea of raising money in order to purchase iPods for abortion clinics. Her idea was to offer them to patients to allow them to drown out the sound of the baby's heartbeat.  After raising a thousand dollars, Paolucci made the iPod offer to several Planned Parenthood clinics, some of which enthusiastically took her up on this offer.

Now, you kind of have to wonder why anyone would want to help women drown out the truth about abortion. After all, how much choice does a woman really have if she's kept in the dark about what she's doing? And you have to wonder what's next? Eye patches to prevent women from seeing their babies kick and hiccup on the sonogram? Yikes!

The hypocrisy of abortion advocates becomes even more evident when you recall their attacks on pro-life crisis pregnancy centers. Abortion proponents demanded that signs be placed outside crisis pregnancy centers informing women that abortions are not offered there. Why? Because as Nancy Keenan, a spokeswoman for NARAL put it, “We should all agree that a woman should not be misled or manipulated when she's facing an unintended pregnancy... Being honest to a woman facing an unintended pregnancy should not be too much to ask for.”

Well, unless, it seems, the “honesty” leads a woman to decide to carry her baby to term.

Sadly, a refusal to tell women the truth about abortion goes back to the very beginning of legalized abortion.

In the interest of making money, abortionists told women their unborn babies were simply blobs of tissue. But eventually — when it was too late — women learned the truth. They realized that they had been lied to, and that realization, that TRUTH, traumatized many of them. And that's why we have so many groups like Project Rachel, an organization that helps women deal with post-abortion trauma. My wife works at a pregnancy care center, and she meets far too many of these poor women.

It all comes down to worldview. Those who run abortion mills believe that inconvenient babies are disposable, and that it's perfectly acceptable to deceive vulnerable women in the interest of making money. But Christianity teaches that all women should be treated with respect and dignity, and that all babies, born and unborn, have great value because they are made in the image of God.

It's natural for women to want to protect their unborn babies. And this is why abortionists try to prevent women from learning the truth about fetal pain and fetal development. Because once they do, women are far less likely to abort their babies.

You and I should ensure that the women in our lives understand the reality of abortion. We never know who among us — even daughters raised in the church — might one day face an unplanned pregnancy. They deserve nothing less than the truth.

For more on this topic and a Christian response to abortion be sure to visit our website BreakPoint.org.

Editor's note: The Texas law does require women to undergo a sonogram before having an abortion, but they may decline to view the sonogram or listen to the baby's heartbeat. Thanks to Beverly Roberts of Concerned Women for America of South Texas for pointing this out to us. See the "comments" section below. For an explanation of the law, see"Woman's Right to Know" from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Further Reading and Information

Woman Gives Planned Parenthood iPods So TX Women Can Avoid Hearing Fetal Heartbeats Before Abortions
Billy Hallowell | The Blaze | May 4, 2012

Tuning out bad abortion laws
Irin Carmon | Salon | April 19, 2012

How Some Kids With A Van Are Changing The Pro-Life Movement
Kristen Walker | Live Action News | March 1, 2012

Miracle at Planned Parenthood
Chuck Colson | BreakPoint.org | January 26, 2010

No Choice This Season
Regis Nicoll | BreakPoint.org | December 21, 2006

Thirty-Nine Years after Roe v. Wade--Why I Am Pro-life: A Short, Nonsectarian Argument
Douglas Groothuis | BreakPoint.org |January 2012

For more at the Colson Center on Life and Abortion:

Bad Science
T. M. Moore | ColsonCenter.org | February 6, 2012

The Sanctity of Life
Charles W. Colson | ColsonCenter.org | February 13, 2012

"Whatever the Hell We Want"
Robin Phillips | ColsonCenter.org | March 21, 2011



I can't hear you
I appreciate articles like this telling the TRUTH. Base on the Beverly Roberts comment I would suggest that management at the Planned Parenthood clinics need to have their workers use the iPods to drown out the heart beats of the client mother’s baby. Once workers start to see that their employers are assisting in the murder of innocent babies, many will have their conscience will kick into gear and they will quit their jobs.
I can't hear you
I was one of many Texas residents who helped pass the "Sonogram Bill" in the 2011 Legislative session. Thank you for writing about this important legislation. I would like to correct a common misconception (no pun intended) about the bill. It does not REQUIRE a woman to view the sonogram nor listen to the baby's heartbeat. It simply states that she must be OFFERED the opportunity to do both. Requiring her to view the screen or listen to the heartbeat would be an intrustion into her "right to choose" which would have doomed the bill to extinction by those who fought us tooth and claw every step of the way. Beverly Roberts, Area Director, Concerned Women for America of South Texas