Pro-Life Bills Advance in States Despite Expanding Abortion in Other Places

Pro-life governors have signed into law a host of measures to protect unborn children in the wake of efforts in New York and other states to expand abortion rights to birth and beyond.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday (March 22) to prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, continuing a series of pro-life advances by states and their governors.

The new pro-life measures follow New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Jan. 22 enactment of a law legalizing abortion until the moment of birth and apparently permitting the death of babies who survive the procedure.

In addition to Bryant’s signing ceremony, other recent enactments by governors of pro-life bills passed by their legislatures include:

— South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signing into law March 20 a package of pro-life bills. The measures include provision of an opportunity for a woman to view an ultrasound of her unborn child and hear the heartbeat before an abortion and of reporting requirements regarding abortions.

— Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signing a ban March 19 on race-, sex- and disability-based abortions. He also signed a heartbeat bill March 15 similar to the one enacted in Mississippi. A federal judge has already blocked enforcement of both laws.

— Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signing legislation March 15 prohibiting abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy with some exceptions.

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore praised the states’ pro-life efforts.

“For decades, our nation has — to its shame — propped up a predatory industry that victimizes women and terrorizes unborn children,” said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “For too long, our federal government has ignored or done little to curb this legalized injustice.

“In states around the country, however, principled legislators have taken a remarkable stand in recent months against the slaughter of innocent children,” Moore told Baptist Press in written comments. “I’m thankful to see state legislatures around the country enact laws that will do a great deal to curb Planned Parenthood’s assault on women and children. My prayer is that many more states, and our federal legislators, would see and do likewise.”

Planned Parenthood, the country’s No. 1 abortion provider with its network of clinics, received more than $560 million in government grants and reimbursements in its most recent financial year.

Other states have moved toward adding pro-life laws in this year’s legislative sessions:

— The Tennessee House of Representatives and Ohio Senate have passed heartbeat bills, and the governors in both states reportedly have pledged to sign them if they reach their desks. The heartbeat of an unborn child apparently can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

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Source: Baptist Press