May 19, 2011
Roundup of States’ Pro-Life Legislation
This week, we are recapping some of the pro-life victories in the various states. Since Republicans now control 26 of the 50 State Legislatures, pro-lifers have seen many great bills passed. Many have already been signed into law; others await probable gubernatorial signatures.
In FLORIDA, for example, six pro-life bills were shepherded through the House in one day, totally demoralizing the pro-aborts! Eventually, all but one passed the Florida pro-life Senate and four will soon take effect; the fifth one is a state Constitutional amendment which will go to the voters for approval.
A particularly sweet moment was re-passing the ultrasound bill, which had been vetoed by “flip flop” sometime Republican, sometime Independent-leaning Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist. Pro-life Gov. Rick Scott has promised to sign the bill this time.
Right behind Florida is KANSAS, which passed four pro-life bills that Governor Sam Brownback has signed or will sign. Prior to becoming Governor, Senator Brownback was one of our strongest pro-life allies.
INDIANA also was a pro-life super star, becoming the first state in the country to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. That bill also enacted some of the strictest abortion regulations in America, becoming the strongest block of pro-life legislation since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
Possible presidential candidate Gov. Mitch Daniels, who had earlier this year suggested that Republicans call a “truce” on social issues such as abortion, dithered a bit, but eventually signed the bill into law. Just a few hours later, Planned Parenthood requested a restraining order from the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis. However, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt refused their motion for the temporary injunction, pending a full hearing which is expected in June.
Several other states also have passed pro-life legislation which will incrementally move towards the pro-life goal of making abortion virtually non-existent in America. These states are shown under the pro-life topics below. Many legislatures have adjourned or will adjourn shortly. The states in italics have concluded their current legislative sessions.
Informed Consent/ Sonogram/ Ultrasound Bills
Arizona, Florida, Indiana, South Dakota, Texas
Some states call them consent bills, some sonogram or ultrasound bills. In any case, the object is to be sure that the woman is fully informed concerning the abortion procedure and its possible side effects, just as with any other medical surgical procedure. This consent also may require a sonogram which may be described in detail by the abortionist. The “reflection period” varies from state to state, 24 hours to 72 hours. Former Planned Parenthood Director now pro-life advocate Abby Johnson believes that this type of Legislation Is “Devastating” To The Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider.
20-Week Gestation Viability / Fetal Pain Bills
Alabama, Indiana, Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma
Following Nebraska’s 2010 lead, other states have passed this type of legislation which is predominantly based on scientific evidence that the unborn child feels pain by the 20th week of gestation. The Nebraska law has yet to be challenged in court. Fetal viability is also a factor in some legislation.
Opting Out Of ObamaCare’s Abortion Coverage
Florida, Indiana, Nebraska
Several states are taking the option to opt out of ObamaCare.
Regulating Health Standards For Abortion Clinics
Arizona, Kansas, Virginia
Legislation requiring abortion clinics to adhere to the same health standards as other medical facilities was passed by several states.
Defunding Planned Parenthood State Tax Monies
Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota
Usually tied to federal Medicaid funds, removing the state funding for PP abortion facilities is also under consideration in several other states.
Other pro-life legislation included Banning Telemed Abortions and No Abortion Coverage Required in Insurance Coverage (KS), Choose Life License Plate Option (TX), Prohibition of Coerced Abortions (LA, SD), and Stiff Regulation of Chemical Abortions (OK).
ACTION: If we have missed some good pro-life legislation that has passed and been signed by the governor in your state, please contact us at [email protected] so that we can update our readers in a future E-notes.