For those that remain concerned about the radical abortion policy that will likely be introduced by the newly inaugurated administration of Joe Biden, there’s some hope. In states across the country, legislatures and state governments are fighting for life. Here is some of the latest news about the pro-life fight.
In Texas, the state government has returned to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to fight for a pro-life law passed in 2017. The law prevents the use of forceps in an abortion, which is typically considered a “dismemberment abortion,” without injecting a drug or using some other method to ensure that the preborn baby is already deceased.
As usually performed, the abortionist kills the preborn baby by pulling off various body parts while the child is technically still alive in the womb. To say it’s a gruesome procedure is an understatement.
The state accurately calls it “brutal,” abortion advocates argue that it is the “safest method of abortion in the second trimester of pregnancy.”
What this does to the baby, who they falsely argue can feel no pain, and women who must live with the memory of putting their child through the procedure is of little or no consequence to the abortion industry.
In a particularly spirited conversation during oral arguments at the 5th Circuit, Judge Edith Jones said, “Even in high school, if you’re going to dissect a frog, you kill him before you start taking him apart.”
An attorney representing the pro-abortion group the Center for Reproductive Rights attempts to respond, “First of all, the record clearly shows that fetal pain is not possible at the gestational ages…”
“Well, we don’t know about frog pain, do we?” Judge Jones countered. “It’s a matter of taking creatures and not tearing them apart limb by limb.”
For pro-life supporters, that is a great analogy to remember.
The fight for life now moves on to South Carolina, where the House just passed a Heartbeat bill that’s recently been in a Senate committee, which declined to add exceptions in cases of rape or incest. There is an exception for if the mother’s health is at immediate risk or if there is a “medical emergency.”
(Generally, heartbeat bills ban abortion at about the 6th or 8th week of pregnancy, when a preborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected.)
If passed, the governor has already voiced his support, but the bill would immediately be tied up in the courts. Similar bills approved in Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio and Tennessee remain unenforceable.
Montana’s legislature has also introduced several pro-life bills, in addition to a transgender bill, in a recent House committee.
This includes House Bill 136, which would ban most abortions after 20 weeks due to the high likelihood that preborn babies can feel pain at this point in fetal development. HB 171 would restrict the distribution of the abortion pill procedure, which is comprised of mifepristone and misoprostol. The next bill, HB 140, requires abortionists to give women the option of reviewing the ultrasound. Finally, HB 167 would protect babies born alive after a failed abortion procedure.
These bills now proceed to the House floor and are expected to pass. Republicans currently control the House, Senate and governorship, which means that there is a strong possibility that these measures could pass this year.
Over the next two to four years, Americans could see a lot of pro-abortion legislation—however, despite what’s happening in Washington, states are continuing the fight for life. It’s possible that one of these cases could make its way up to the Supreme Court at some point in the near future.
The Daily Citizen will keep you updated about these various bills as they make their way through the legislatures and the courts.
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