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Why We Need “Second chances at Life Act” and “Human Life Non-Discrimination Act” in West Virginia

by | Feb 24, 2021

By West Virginians for Life

The SECOND CHANCES AT LIFE ACT would provide information about Abortion Pill Reversal.

● This protective legislation will require that a woman be informed that the effects of the chemical abortion pill can be reversed in order to save her baby if she changes her mind after taking it.

● The chemical abortion currently involves a two-step drug process. The first abortifacient drug is given at the clinic and weakens or kills her unborn baby. The second drug is taken 24-48 hours later, usually at home, to expel her unborn baby and complete the abortion.

● The bill requires the abortion provider to inform the abortion client that if she has taken the first drug, mifepristone, but has not taken the second drug, and is questioning her decision to terminate her pregnancy, she should call the Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline: 877-558-0333. The information would also be included in her discharge papers.

● The American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a 2,500 member OB-GYN medical group, supports offering the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) protocol to women who regret initiating the abortion pill process, after appropriate informed consent.

● In West Virginia, chemical abortions account for about 40% of abortions. To date over 2,000 babies have been saved nationwide by the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol.

A second bill supported by West Virginians for Life is the HUMAN LIFE NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT which would require non-discrimination in abortions based on sex, race or disability.

● The Human Life Non-Discrimination Act will protect unborn babies from being aborted on account of their sex, race, and/or a diagnosis of Down syndrome or other disabilities.

● You don’t cure the disease by killing the patient! It is a sad truth that some unborn babies start their lives having serious medical conditions, will die in utero, or will die shortly after birth. Not all infants with lethal genetic conditions will die at birth, however. Some may live for years before succumbing to their condition as is commonly seen with Tay-Sachs disease or cystic fibrosis.

● Unfortunately, abortion has become a search-and-destroy method for eliminating these less-than-“perfect” unborn children. For a society who prides itself on welcoming people with disabilities (we cut our curbs, make our public buildings and transportation accessible), it should be unacceptable to solve ‘disability’ by killing those who have the ‘disability’ before they are born. Surely, we can do better.

If the baby is going to die anyway, why do we want to kill the baby before he or she dies a natural death? Parents would not have to deal with the guilt of killing their child if he or she died naturally. There is a better way: perinatal hospice.

● Knights of Columbus polling (January 11-13, 2021) showed that of the 1,173 adults surveyed, 70% “oppose abortion due to the expectation a child will be born with Down syndrome.”

● In April 2013, a poll taken by The Polling Company found that 85% of respondents supported banning sex selection abortions. Currently 17 states have enacted laws protecting unborn children from discrimination based on their sex, race, and/or disability. – National Right to Life, 1/14/21

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