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Last week, abortion abolitionists sang hymns at a five-hour-plus public hearing held to discuss a bill in the General Assembly that would ban all abortions in Georgia. One cosponsor of the bill, Rep. Martin Scott, says an abortion ban is needed "to paint a vision for where the state needs to go."
The bill's author, GOP Rep. Bobby Franklin, is a political ally of Doug Phillips' Vision Forum. Franklin (left) was graduated from Covenant College ("In All Things Christ Preeminent") with a degree in Biblical Studies and Business Administration. In 2003 he filed a bill requiring a woman seeking an abortion to obtain a death warrant.
"Due Process and Equal Protection Restoration Act of 2003"; to define certain terms; to provide that any person seeking to have an abortion performed shall first seek a grand jury indictment against the fetus for an applicable capital offense; to provide that only if the grand jury returns an indictment against the fetus for the commission of a capital offense shall the court appoint a guardian ad litem and shall a criminal prosecution of the fetus commence; to provide for a jury trial; to provide that no execution shall take place without an adjudication of the fetus´s guilt and unless a court has issued a death warrant; to provide for an expedited appeal; to provide for penalties; to provide for automatic repeal
"I know this is not the most popular thing to do,'' Rep. Melvin Everson, a Republican co-sponsor added. "It's the right thing to do.''
Financed by the Justice Foundation -- which advertises itself as a defender of "fundamental freedoms and rights" -- those ubiquitous affidavits and their authors crisscross the country, traveling the statehouse circuit. Although they represent an infinitesimal percentage of the 43,000,000-plus women who have had safe and legal abortions since 1973, their subsequent regret about their own freely made decisions is touted as justification for depriving all other women of reproductive autonomy. By that reasoning, the nation's 50% divorce rate ought to justify outlawing not just same-sex marriage, but all marriage.
Legislation that would make Indiana abortion law among the strictest in the nation is back again this year.
But science takes a back seat to ideology when the President Pro Tempore of the state senate has a history of voting in lockstep with Indiana Right to Life 93% of the time.
Pregnant women seeking an abortion in South Carolina would first have to look at ultrasound images of their fetus under legislation introduced this week.
Bryant feels there's plenty of space in the exam room for him, a member of the NRA, National Right to Life, Christian Coalition, Concerned Women of America and the Palmetto Family Council who posts on his own blog that he only wants women to have a "more informed choice" -- just as long as they "choose life."
Before an abortionist can perform the procedure on a patient, they must verify the baby's gestational age with an ultrasound, they must review the ultrasound pictures with the mother, and the mother must sign an informed consent that she has reviewed the ultrasound pictures. ... I am told by those in crisis pregnancy centers that when an ultrasound is viewed, most patients (an estimated 85%) choose life.
But women who decline that opportunity, for whatever their own personal reasons might be, shouldn't be compelled. Not by law, and not by religious ideologues like Kevin Bryant.
Many Texas politicians are obsessive about taking control of women's reproductive lives. Among several bills limiting access to abortion care and contraception, the Texas Legislature will consider not one trigger bill, but two.
Two conservative lawmakers want a new law triggering an abortion ban in Texas should the U.S. Supreme Court ever reverse its landmark 1973 decision, Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion.
Patrick says that because Texas does regulate abortion so heavily, its numerous abortion laws could justify classifying Texas as a "pro-choice state." Since in his view it's "is only a matter of time" until Roe is reversed, a trigger bill would ensure there will be no abortions in Texas when that day comes -- or at least no safe and legal abortions.
In the event that the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, Oklahoma needs to be ready, a state lawmaker said Wednesday.
He must not have polled the 6,500 women a year who obtain abortion care in Oklahoma, not to mention those of his constituents who travel to doctors in Texas or Arkansas.
Linda Meek, executive administrator of Reproductive Services Inc. of Tulsa ... said that if Roe v. Wade were overturned and Oklahoma were to pass a bill such as the one Reynolds has proposed, she foresees a return to the days when women went out of state for abortions, or women who did not have money resorted to "back-alley abortions."
Desperate women risked their lives before 1973, and as has been true throughout history, they most certainly would do so again.
After its victory in last year's fight over a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Virginia, the Family Foundation of Virginia announced Thursday that it will push to change the state's divorce laws to make it more difficult for parents to end their marriage.
Family Foundation president Victoria Cobb and her General Assembly allies say that last year's success in passing an amendment banning same-sex marriage is fueling this year's push for restrictions on divorce.
Delegate Robert G. Marshall explains: "People were saying, 'It is not the homosexuals wrecking marriage, it's the heterosexuals,' so we are saying, 'Is there any truth to that?' You can just walk away from someone right now. There is less security in the covenant of marriage than if you and I agree to open up a hamburger joint."
Marshall's current effort to reduce the number of abortions in Virginia is no halfway measure, either. House Bill No. 2124 is yet another state abortion ban to be triggered by the demise of Roe v. Wade.
If any person administers to, or causes to be taken by a woman, any drug or other thing, or uses means, with intent to destroy her unborn child, or to produce abortion or miscarriage, and thereby destroys such child, or produces such abortion or miscarriage, he shall be confined in the penitentiary not less than one nor more than 10 years.
That last provision would subject a physician to criminal charges even for counseling a severely ill woman about traveling to another state for a medically necessary abortion procedure.
Rep. Bob Brechtel, R-Casper, is sponsoring the "Woman's Right to Know Act," with several other legislators.
And so do we.
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