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Pro-Life Breakthrough in Alabama

by | Apr 7, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

It is nice, very nice, to be able to do a wrap up each day, no matter how brief, of the latest pro-life gains in the state legislatures. Good for the soul.

NRLC State Legislative Director Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D.

Just as I was about to post this entry, Mary Spaulding Balch, NRLC Director of State Legislation, sent me an email happily stating, “Alabama house passed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, 69-19.” As you know, this legislation is moving in a number of states because it is based on the scientifically impeccable truth that the unborn child is able to experience pain by the 20th week post-fertilization.

While it by is no means a “done deal,” pro-lifers in Alabama were most worried about getting the bill out of the House. Alabama has a more pro-life Senate and a pro-life governor.

Similar legislation is on the desk of Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter  who is expected to sign the bill into law at any time. In Oklahoma its Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is expected to be on the desk of pro-life Gov. Mary Fallin as early as next week.

Meanwhile, Kansas, having passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in late March, will have their bill signed by Governor Sam Brownback on April 12th. The bills are modeled after legislation enacted last year by the Nebraska legislature.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law a bill to require facilities that provide non-surgical abortions to be regulated by the Arkansas Health Department. By “non-surgical,” they mean chemical abortions—RU 486. The bill was offered by Democratic Rep. Butch Wilkins, who “says medical offices that provide abortion pills to 10 or more women per month would have to be licensed.”  The Arkansas Health Department “will now develop regulations to conform to the language in the new law,” the Associated Press reported.

In spite of determined opposition in the state Senate, pro-abortionists were unable to override an amendment by pro-life Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. During the last legislative session the General Assembly started the process of creating its own insurance exchange for Virginia. McDonnell’s amendment “prohibits any insurance plan offered as part of the exchange from including coverage for abortions, except in instances of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk,” the Washington Post reported. McDonnell prevailed easily in the House, but carried in the day in the Senate when the Lt. Governor cast the tie-breaking vote.

As explained Wednesday, according to the Arizona East Valley Tribune, the state Senate approved legislation which would deny state tax deductions for donations made to charitable organizations which perform abortions or refer clients to abortion clinics. “On a 21-7 margin, Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix, one of the prime sponsors of the legislation said it simply reinforces existing laws which bar the use of state funds for abortions.”

Arizona has already passed a law to ban abortions passed on the baby’s race or sex, and, according to the Associated Press, this Saturday in Phoenix, Gov. Jan Brewer will sign an abortion clinic regulation that “would newly apply current state requirements on personnel and facilities to clinics that perform medication abortions. They now apply only to clinics that provide surgical abortions.” As noted, by “medication abortions,” they mean chemically-induced abortions—RU486.

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