K of C’s: radio ad features heartbeat of 10-week-old unborn child

This is interesting:

Knights of Columbus airs pro-life ‘heartbeat’ radio ad

New Haven, Oct 6, 2008 / 08:25 pm (CNA).- A new Knights of Columbus radio spot featuring the heartbeat of a 10-week-old unborn child and urging listeners to vote pro-life has begun airing on radio stations around the U.S.

As the heartbeat plays, a woman’s voice says: “Listening to this makes me wonder – why would anyone question that her life has begun?”

“Vote your heart. Vote Pro-Life,” it concludes.

“The fact that the child whose heartbeat we hear is alive is simply a matter of science,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said in announcing the beginning of the ad campaign.

“We believe that it is vital that America’s pro-life community make it clear that they will reserve their votes for candidates of either party who are committed to protecting life from conception to natural death,” he continued.

The ad will be broadcast until the November 4 U.S. elections. A similar ad is planned for broadcast in Canada before the country’s October 14 election.


Kudos to my fellow Knights of Columbus.

Speaker Pelosi… Senator Biden… are you listening?

Catholic voters… are you listening?

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  1. John Enright says:

    You can always depend on the KofC to act in the most noble manner in aiding the Church on all types of issues! Bravo!

  2. Daniel Muller says:

    I of course applaud this ad, but I wonder about the phrase “candidates of either party.” There are obviously only two really strong political parties in the United States, especially with respect to the presidential election, but they should always be on notice that it does not forever have to be that way. How about “candidates of any affiliation?”

    I am sensitive to this as I have seen a lot of negative remarks about Archbishop Burke’s comments about the Democratic Party becoming a party of death. I in no way saw that as promoting the Republican Party, but it was immediately understood that way by some.

  3. Paul Stokell says:

    How about “candidates of any affiliation?”

    Hmmm…another reason to start up the Christian Democrats here in the States. They were founded in Europe in response to Rerum Novarum and the major thrust of Catholic Social Teaching. I wonder how they’d hold up here?

  4. Papabile says:

    Maybe one would want to think about where Vallini, Pompedda, Growchelewski, and Poletti went.

  5. TA1275 says:

    There is recent controversy in New Jersey at a Catholic school where a pro-choice Republican was uninvited. This individual, whose name escapes me, and people like Giulliani and Arlen Spectar in PA. There are plenty of pro-choice Republicans out there even though the party on a whole is much more pro-life than the Democrats.

  6. TJM says:

    I’m sure if the Republican Party adopted a pro-abortion plank, Archbishop Burke would refer to that party as a Party of Death as well.
    I find it odd that people take such offense when called by their true names. I applaud the Knights of Columbus for their efforts
    on behalf of the most vulnerable members of society. Tom

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  8. Charivari Rob says:

    I’m glad they came out with it. I hope it turns some hearts (and minds) to cherish life.

    It came across as a powerful illustration of the truth, particularly since my listening to it was preceded by my having read the text that strongly implies (but never explicitly says) that it was an audio recording of the child’s actual heartbeat in the womb at 10 weeks, made possible by some fetal scanner.

    Unfortunately, the actual clip never says that. Were I to have heard it without having read the article first, I would find myself wondering if it were some sort of dramatization or sound effect.

    The stubborn will look for any excuse or loophole. I’d prefer it if the ad would draw that loophole shut. Perhaps…

    Hello. The sound you’re hearing my child’s heartbeat at 10 weeks.
    No, not 10 weeks after birth. 10 weeks after conception.
    That’s not some sound effect or medical instrument beeping, either. That’s a heartbeat that can be heard thanks to the scanner at my Doctor’s office.
    Makes you wonder how some people can say life hasn’t begun, doesn’t it?

  9. Supertradmom says:

    Read online the Democratic Party’s platform which is “irrevocably” supportive of Roe v. Wade and against any melioration of that terrible decision. Enough said….

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