Reader's View: A heartbeat indicates life in need of protecting

There is no one who can rightly deny that an unborn child with a heartbeat is a living human being.

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The Minnesota Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee is currently considering a proposed bill (SF356) called the Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban. This bill would make sure that babies with a heartbeat are protected.

What do we check when someone is found unconscious? We check for a heartbeat, because that is an indicator of life.

There is no one who can rightly deny that an unborn child with a heartbeat is a living human being. The fact that the baby is still developing is no different than a newborn — or teenager, for that matter.

Abortion is a crime against the unborn, with many forms being extremely painful and cruel. It is also frequently harmful for the mother emotionally, and sometimes physically.

If we are really concerned for the mother, we should offer her support through her pregnancy and consultation about adoption or child rearing. Ending a pregnancy should only be an option when there is an ectopic pregnancy or in the extremely rare situations where it is necessary to save the mother’s life.


We rightly mourn the 500,000-plus lives lost to COVID-19 this past year in the U.S. but must understand that 800,000-plus unborn lives are purposely ended each year in our country.

SF 356 is a long-overdue bill that is well supported by science. This is a bill we should support. Please take time to let your legislator know. The fate of many unborn lives and their mothers’ well-being depends on us taking the time to encourage what is right.

Dr. Kion Hoffman


MaryJo Hill


Dr. Thomas M. Nelson

Sturgeon Lake


Hill is a registered nurse.

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