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About that “Flood” of Pro-Life Legislation

by | May 9, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

I hope I won’t be accused of writing a flood of articles about a flood of articles that lament a flood of pro-life legislation. But, if I am guilty, it’s for a good cause: digging into exactly what is happening in many state legislatures across the country.

The latest—at least as of 5:00pm this afternoon—is from the Los Angeles Times under the headline “Antiabortion measures flooding state legislatures.”

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signing a pro-life bill into law.

Let me begin by giving Times’reporter Robin Abcarian credit. Not once does she rehash the tired—and irrelevant—pro-abortion mantra that pro-life legislators are daring to pass pro-life legislation after campaigning on “economic issues.”

Instead she takes statistics compiled by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute “related to reproductive issues” to buttress the assertion of Nancy Northup, president of the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights, that “what we are seeing this year is some of the most extreme restrictions, and they are passing at a rather sharp clip.”

Obviously we don’t see legislation requiring that women have access to accurate information and an ultrasound image of their own child prior to an abortion as “extreme.” Nor is it “extreme” to pass legislation that bans abortions after the point at which ample medical evidence demonstrates that unborn children can experience pain—20 weeks post-fertilization.

Again to her credit, Abcarian links “improvements in medical imaging” with the aforementioned “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” It is not ultrasounds per se that prove the child’s capacity for pain; there are other ways, direct and indirect, of showing that.

But seeing ultrasounds of unborn children does soften what might be a protective shell—ignorance. Watching the little ones gamboling about makes you more open to the realization that not only is he or she one of us, that child can be subjected to a level of almost unimaginable pain.

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Categories: Legislation