Cynthia M. Allen: How Texas fetal heartbeat bill advances cause — perhaps all the way to Supreme Court

For millions of parents the world over, the image of a tiny heart flickering on an ultrasound screen is the first visible evidence that something extraordinary is happening. A new body has been created; a new life is already begun. It’s undeniable. If seeing is believing, advances in ultrasound technology that enable us to see a human heart flashing or even rhythmically pulsing in the earliest weeks of development should long ago have settled the question of whether a fetus is a living thing, let alone deserving of recognition and protection. Alas science, like everything else these days, is e…

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