CAPITOL HILL -- Pro-life groups did something this week never done on Capitol Hill before: They let the unborn speak for themselves.
For most people, it's difficult to deny when you see a baby moving about in the womb or hear the strong beat of its heart that it's human and very much alive.
Now pro-life groups have brought this vision and voice right to the U.S. Congress, doing live ultrasounds on three moms in the Capitol.
Brandi Swindell, founder and president of Stanton Healthcare, helped organize the moment in hopes it would help put an end to legalized abortion.
"The Roe vs. Wade decision is from the dark ages," she told CBN News "It's archaic. It's based on a belief that we don't really know what's going on in the womb. Well, now we do."
"It's a human life and we're bringing that point home through these babies being able to speak," she said.
Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said on every issue people come to Washington to let their voices be heard and plea for justice. Now, the unborn get their chance.
"Now with clarity, with precision, we can see what's going on," he said. "We can see the humanity. It is a human life -- it is a person."
Mahoney has been front and center in the battle against abortion for decades.
But this moment was rather personal as the sonographer did an ultrasound on his daughter, Kaitlin Martinez, letting the mom-to-be, Mahoney, and a Capitol Hill audience know that her 9-week-old baby is a girl.
Her little heartbeat pounded loud and clear through the auditorium, bringing to stark reality just what's stopped, just what's killed when abortion silences that sound.
CBN News spoke with Martinez immediately afterward. She said she believes if all pregnant women could get ultrasounds, abortion would largely disappear.
"It really makes a difference," Martinez told CBN News. "I'm not sure of the exact statistics, but I know they're extremely high."
"When a woman gets an ultrasound, she chooses to keep the baby instead of abort it," she said.
"So these ultrasounds are absolutely life-saving and life-changing," Swindell added.
Pro-lifers hope these images and sounds will change the heart of a nation.
--Originally aired October 12, 2011.