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Breaking News: State of Affairs

ve8QAd   |   November 13, 2000

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State of Affairs

Some of our most engaging work at Life Issues Institute involves equipping political leaders with the information they need to make life-affirming decisions. It’s working. Even this week, the pro-life movement is making great progress across the nation! I’d like to share some of these key accomplishments with you, so that, you, too, can be encouraged to carry on the good fight.

Here in Ohio, legislators recently proposed the pioneering Heartbeat Bill. By protecting unborn babies with a detectable heartbeat, the bill carries huge potential for legitimately challenging Roe v. Wade. And pro-abortion activists know it. That’s why Wednesday’s narrow passage through committee, just 12-11, was so meaningful.  The committee took a bold and courageous move in sending the bill to the full House for a vote.

Other states making headway include Kansas, once notorious as the late-term abortion capital of the world. Now, the legislature requires minors to get parental permission before an abortion, with a consent form even acknowledging that the procedure “terminates the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” Kansas also moved to protect babies at 22 weeks on in pregnancy with very few exceptions — exceptions that don’t include mental or emotional health, so liberally applied in the past. Naturally, Planned Parenthood criticized the bill. Their biggest complaint? That babies discovered late in pregnancy with disabilities could no longer be aborted. Talk about true colors.

When it comes to protecting the vulnerable and disadvantaged, the pro-life community shines. In Arizona, for instance, a new law now bans discriminatory abortions — the first of its kind in the nation. That means medical professionals performing abortions based on gender or racial preference will be criminally liable. As Planned Parenthood persists in targeting Black and Hispanic neighborhoods, this is a great step toward protecting minorities and holding the abortion industry accountable.

The pro-life wave hit Idaho, too, with legislators finishing up a ban on physician assisted suicide. And several states — including Idaho, Alabama, Florida and Oklahoma — are working on a fetal pain laws to stop abortions at 20 weeks. There’s even a proposal to keep elective abortions out of insurance plans, sending the message, loud and clear, that abortion is not health care.

With news reports like these coming across my desk nearly every day, you can see why I’m so encouraged! “We the people” are speaking out, and we’re giving the babies a voice too. Thanks for making this important work a priority. Because of you, we are succeeding.

Bradley Mattes
Executive Director
Life Issues Institute


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