In disappointing results, the pro-life movement lost three court cases on Monday, including a heartbeat case, and most concerningly, doctors will no longer be required to examine a patient before dispensing the abortion pill during the pandemic.
On Monday, Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee signed a new heartbeat bill into law, but U.S. District Judge, William Campbell, was quick to issue a temporary restraining order, which blocked the law from going into effect.
In his decision, he wrote that he’s “bound by the Supreme Court holdings prohibiting undue burdens on the availability of pre-viability abortions.”
Planned Parenthood praised the ruling, with president and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson stating, “Today’s ruling ensures that for now, people in Tennessee can continue accessing safe, legal abortion in their home state. But while we can enjoy a moment of relief today, we can’t forget that legislators passed this dangerous abortion ban in the dead of night without any public input.”
The same happened in Georgia with its heartbeat law, but instead of a temporary restraining order, the judge permanently struck it down.
On Monday, in response to the Georgia case, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones wrote, “In sum, the undisputed material facts in this case lead to one, indisputable conclusion: that Section 4 of H.B. 481, by prohibiting a woman from terminating her pregnancy upon the detection of a fetal heartbeat, constitutes a pre-viability abortion ban. As this ban directly conflicts with binding Supreme Court precedent (i.e., the core holdings in Roe, Casey, and their progeny) and thereby infringes upon a woman’s constitutional right to obtain an abortion prior to viability, the Court is left with no other choice but to declare it unconstitutional.”
Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia will continue the fight for life, stating, “We will appeal the Court’s decision. Georgia values life, and we will keep fighting for the rights of the unborn.”
In perhaps the most disturbing case, a federal judge recently decided that women seeking an abortion don’t need to visit a hospital or medical office in order to receive the abortion pill during the pandemic. This decision is a dream to pro-abortion activists, who want to remove as many safeguards as possible in order to continue profiting off the deaths of preborn babies.
U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang, who ruled in the case, concluded that “in-person” requirements are a “substantial obstacle” to women during the pandemic and could be considered “undue burden” and thus unconstitutional.
As part of his 80-page decision, he wrote, “Particularly in light of the limited timeframe during which a medication abortion or any abortion must occur, such infringement on the right to an abortion would constitute irreparable harm.”
Christina Francis, MD, the Chair of the Board for the American Association for Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in a statement to The Daily Citizen, stated, “Monday’s disappointing decision will endanger women’s lives and is not consistent with current medical practice. Halting the FDA’s critical REMS governing Mifeprex means that medication abortions will happen without determination of gestational age and without appropriate screening or follow-up — especially necessary since Mifeprex’s side effects can mimic life-threatening complications. Abortionists are celebrating the court’s decision. Those who care about women’s health are not.”
This decision will likely leave women and preborn babies across the country more vulnerable to the machinations of the abortion business.
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