I love Kelly Clarkson’s new single, ‘Heartbeat Song.’ Considering she has been my favorite singer since she became the first American Idol back in 2002, I may be a little biased. But, my appreciation for her newest hit goes beyond my personal fandom. Attempting a scientific advancement that has never been done before in music, Clarkson chose to use her daughter’s prenatal heartbeat as the base. So, that rhythm you’re hearing on the airwaves is actually River Clarkson when she was still in the pop star’s tummy.
Clarkson’s ‘Heartbeat Song’ is released at a time when states are pursuing passage of ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ bills.
A baby’s heart can begin beating as early as 24 days. Pro-life legislators are trying to use this milestone as the foundation to spearhead laws that prohibit abortions at six weeks.
Two specific court cases in Arkansas and North Dakota have helped to lay the groundwork for this arm of the pro-life movement. The Human Heartbeat Protection Act enacted in Arkansas bans abortions after 12 weeks if a fetal heartbeat is detected. Similar legislation was signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) in North Dakota. Yet, federal judges succeeded in overturning both bills last year.
ThinkProgress has called such pro-life efforts ‘radical.’
So, it’s ‘radical’ to acknowledge scientific facts? Or, to recognize that unborn babies are actual human beings with the same organs as us?
It’s worth noting that not all pro-life groups support fetal heartbeat legislation. It distracts from more reasonable and effective bills that have a better chance of passing, they argue. These hesitations are certainly justified. Going too far always has the potential to backfire. Personally, though, I see no problem with introducing such legislation. Yes, it may be more difficult to get through state legislatures, but any pro-life attempt is a victory in my book. What’s more, it can be argued that the pro-abortion side has already dared to go as far as it can, so why can’t we? Science is at odds with the 20-week fetal viability standard established by Roe v. Wade. Although a heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks, this infamous court case established that abortion is an acceptable option until fetal viability is determined. Finally, even if these fetal heartbeat bills don’t pass, they can still help bring attention to the fact that unborn babies are living, breathing human beings. Perhaps it would even encourage Americans to start questioning how our culture can so easily destroy something with a heartbeat.
An unborn baby’s heart beats 90 to 110 beats per minute. No offense T-Swift, but those are the real ‘sick beats.’
But enough of “Shake it Off.” Do yourself a favor and listen to ‘Heartbeat Song’ – on repeat.