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For the first time ever, the voices of unborn children will be heard on Capitol Hill.
Through the use of “real time” ultrasounds performed on women in the first through third trimesters of pregnancy, the public and members of the Congress will be able to hear for themselves what the beginning of life sounds like, straight from the womb.
Beginning at the Congressional Auditorium in Washington, D.C., “Voices From the Womb” will launch its national campaign in October “to let the children of America ‘speak’ for themselves about ending abortion,” according to a statement.
The Oct. 13 event, which is sponsored by The Stanton Project, the Christian Defense Coalition and the National Pro-life Center, is open to all 535 members of Congress and the public to witness history in the making.
After the kickoff campaign, “Voices From the Womb” will begin a tour performing ultrasounds throughout nation, in schools, churches, state capitals, parks and legislative hearings.
Because ultrasound machines are now much more compact and mobile than ones made previously, the organization is able to take its message to the streets, giving the unborn a unique opportunity to “speak” for themselves.
“Through the power of this amazing ‘window to the womb,’ all pro-choice politics and arguments will melt away,” Brandi Swindell, founder and president of Stanton Healthcare, said in a statement. “Our nation’s leaders will then be able to see firsthand the humanity of the child and the fact that we must do all that we can to protect the weakest members of our society and stand for human rights.”
The Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, also added, “For years, people have come to Washington, D.C., to have their voices heard. Dr. Martin Luther King came to advance civil rights. Susan B. Anthony came to secure voting rights for women.”
However, there is one group, he stated, whose voice has never before been heard in Washington: the voice of the unborn.
“Now for the first time in history,” Mahoney expressed, “the preborn children of America are coming to Capitol Hill to have their voices ‘heard’ in our nation’s capital.”
In light of modern advanced technology, “Voices From the Womb” believes that now the world cannot deny the voice of the unborn, and says that two statements made by the Supreme Court in the Roe v. Wade decision can now be overturned.
The first: “The judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in the position to resolve the difficult question of when life begins.”
Secondly, the statement “If the suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course collapses for the fetus’ right to life would be guaranteed specifically by the (14th) Amendment,” can be overturned.
With the Roe v. Wade decision made nearly 40 years ago, both opinions are no longer applicable to a technologically advanced America, the organization said.
“The court in essence was saying, when ‘life begins’ could only be determined by man’s knowledge. This is quite troubling because it based this fundamental question of the beginning of life not on timeless objective facts and moral law but on the subjective reality of man’s limited ability to learn and understand these facts.”
In other words, the organization said the definition of when “life begins” could change when mankind gained more knowledge and scientific facts on the subject.
“This is exactly what happened over the past 40 years. Today through fetology, modern science and the use of ultrasound, there is no doubt that life begins at conception. The new amazing discoveries we have seen regarding the development of life inside the mother’s womb have now made the original assumptions in Roe v. Wade arcane and obsolete.”
In other words, the modern ultrasound helped create a new, updated definition of when “life begins” by displaying several key signs of life.
Specifically, at three weeks, a fetus’ heart starts beating. At four weeks, arm and leg buds can be seen. At six weeks, lungs begin to form. After seven weeks, brain waves are detectable, and at 12 weeks, the fetus starts to make its own movements.
“All of these wonderful things happening in just the first three months of pregnancy are things we could not have known in detail when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973!” the organization declared.
The organization believes the life of a fetus should be protected under the 14th Amendment by the using fetal technology to establish “personhood,” as quoted by U.S. Justice Harry Blackmun, the author of the majority opinion for Roe v. Wade.
“Forty years ago, it was much more difficult to establish the ‘personhood and humanity’ of the preborn child, but not today. Once again, through scientific advancements and ultrasound, we now understand the fetus is a unique person deserving full protection under our Constitution,” advocates for the pro-life group said.
“Our message and goals are clear: Listen to these ‘voices from the womb’ and let us all work together to end the violence of abortion and embrace justice for all.”
“Voices From the Womb” is encouraging people to send in their ultrasound images and videos of their child.
On the Web: voicesfromthewomb.com