Focus on the Family shares a story about Lisa, who at age 17 faced an unexpected pregnancy and recounts how hearing the heartbeat of her unborn child made all the difference:

[Lisa] scheduled an abortion. Actually, she made three appointments. But each time, she never showed. She couldn’t. She just couldn’t.

Yet she did return to the pregnancy center, prompted by her boyfriend and a gnawing urge in her stomach. The staff offered her a free sonogram using a machine provided by Focus on the Family’s Option Ultrasound Program.

“I heard the heartbeat, and it made it all real,” Lisa says. “There was a real life inside of me.”

Once again Lisa panicked, but she was also in awe — devastated, curious and excited all at once. “The ultrasound made me realize that no matter what I was feeling or thinking at the time, I had a little one to worry about.”

There would be no fourth appointment.

Just as Lisa did, when you hear or see the heartbeat at the first ultrasound, your doctor doesn’t wait until the next appointment to determine if there’s life. You hear the heartbeat and you hear life.

Yet Pennsylvania continues to permit an archaic abortion law that allows babies to be aborted up to six months in pregnancy – far past when you can detect the baby’s heartbeat.

Take Action: The Heartbeat Bill has been introduced in Pennsylvania, which would protect unborn babies after a heartbeat is detected. Please contact your State Senator and State Representative in support of the Heartbeat Bill (Senate Bill 912 and House Bill 1977)! To email, use our Citizen Action Center: click here or visit

The vast majority of Americans recognize that life begins at least by the sign of a heartbeat. This year, one study* found that 67% of Americans believe that life begins at or before the heartbeat.

We should all agree that if a heartbeat is detected, a baby is protected. Thank you for supporting Pennsylvania’s Heartbeat Bill.

To read the full story from Focus on the Family, click here.

* Market Study of The Pro-Life/Pro-Choice Cause, Magid, May 2019.