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NRLC’s “The State of Abortion in the United States” is must reading — Part Three of Three

by | Feb 3, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. On Tuesday National Right to Life released its ninth annual The State of Abortion in the United States. It is an educational resource of the first magnitude.  I added a few thoughts yesterday and today to add some additional context.

Today, in wrapping up our summary, we’ll talk briefly at “The Hyde Amendment”; the pro-abortion attempt to resurrect the long expired “Equal Rights Amendment”; Federal and State laws; and a word or two about a “Synopsis of Supreme Court Case; and “The Presidential Record on Life” going all the way to President Reagan and extending all the way to President Biden.

With Democrats in control of both the House and the Senate, the Hyde Amendment—the greatest domestic abortion-reduction measure ever enacted by Congress —is a primary target. The section on Hyde offers a brief history and an explanation of what areas of government spending it covers and what areas it does not. A very helpful summary.

You probably thought the ERA was a relic of another age. It is, but that does prevent pro-abortion from trying to breathe life back into it. As is noted at the beginning, “Pro-abortion groups, seeking a replacement for Roe v. Wade, are now openly joining in the campaign to jam the long-expired 1972 ERA into the U.S. Constitution. Organizations that advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), as well as major pro-abortion advocacy groups, now loudly proclaim what for decades they denied or deflected: If the ERA becomes part of the federal Constitution, they will employ it as a constitutional replacement for 

Roe v. Wade — i.e., as a legal weapon to invalidate virtually all state and federal limits on abortion, and to require funding of elective abortion at all levels of government.”

This summary is without question the best resource pro-lifers can have to understand why pro-abortionists are working feverishly on the ERA’s behalf.

The sections on state and federal legislation offer an overview of a staggering amount of information. At the federal level, everything from “Congressional Action on Federal Subsidies for Abortion,” to “International Abortion Funding,” to a quick review of what the Abortion Lobby is currently up to on Capitol Hill.

State legislation comes equipped with a series of extremely helpful maps. A quick glance, for example, will tell you which states have passed a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and which states have passed laws to protect unborn babies from being aborted on account of their sex, race, and/or genetic disability.

Have you ever wondered where to find the history of abortion cases the Supreme Court has decided, beginning with Roe? Look no further. From Roe and Doe v. Bolton decided in 1973 to June Medical Services LLC v Russo handed down in 2020, it is all there! 

Finally, “The Presidential Records on Life.” A detailed description of what each president did to aid the cause of life or to try to make things worse for the babies.

Take time to read The State of Abortion in the United States. It will be time well spent.

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