Despite a pro-abortion administration in office, 2021 should be considered the year of the pro-life bills. According to a report created by Planned Parenthood, lawmakers have introduced 516 pro-life pieces of legislation, entirely on the state level.
“We’re very bold and unapologetic in our aspirations that we want to see a day in America where the most vulnerable among us are protected,” Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, said to NBC News. “The ultimate goal of the pro-life movement is to see Roe v. Wade overturned.”
That dream may eventually become a reality, as state legislatures across the country have been emboldened to introduce and enact pro-life legislation. And the abortion industry is concerned.
In a report published by Planned Parenthood, “While the nation continues to deal with the devastation of COVID-19, the 2021 state legislative season is shaping up to be one of the most hostile in recent history for reproductive health and rights. Lawmakers in 29 state legislatures that hold anti-abortion majorities are pushing a harmful agenda against our rights and freedoms. New, harmful trends are emerging in state legislatures and there are stark increases in some forms of attacks on access to sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion.”
As the abortion business points out, in 2021 states have introduced 516 pro-life bills compared to only 304 in 2019. In just the first three months of the new year, 12 of those measures have already been enacted, compared to just one in 2019.
Some of those include South Carolina’s Heartbeat Bill, which would have protected preborn babies from being aborted after the heartbeat is detected. This legislation has been halted by the courts.
Another is Arkansas’ Unborn Child Protection Act, a piece of legislation that is designed to completely ban abortions and directly challenge Roe v. Wade, as the court decision nears its 50th anniversary in 2023.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said, “I signed it because it is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. I think there’s a very narrow chance that the Supreme Court will accept that case, but we’ll see.”
Planned Parenthood’s report continues, “Politicians who oppose abortion gained more seats in some state legislatures in the 2020 election, and they are pushing these policies at rapid speed. These are the same politicians who fueled Trump’s rise to power, and they continue to promote the same harmful agenda under a Biden administration.”
Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, expressed frustration that aborting American preborn babies may become more difficult. She said, “This legislative season is shaping up to be one of the most hostile in recent history for reproductive health and rights. These abortion restrictions are about power and control over our bodies.”
As a result of this changing landscape and fear of passionate pro-life politicians, both Planned Parenthood and NARAL have publicly stated that they will not support ending the filibuster, knowing that a change in leadership in the Senate could have a devastating impact on their own agenda. The filibuster is a Senate tradition that allows for unlimited debate and designed to “delay or prevent a vote on a bill.”
The abortion industry might have the ear of the White House, but pro-life policies are winning in state legislatures across the country.
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