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Protecting Women from Coerced Abortion

Bradley Mattes   |   May 30, 2024

Since the demise of Roe v Wade and subsequent passage of pro-life legislation in various states, legislators are now forced to protect unborn babies and their mothers from the black-market distribution of dangerous chemical abortion pills. The cartels disseminating these unsafe pills have become rampant. 

Efforts by state legislatures to protect their most vulnerable citizens have been at the forefront of the ensuing battle to end abortion. Those efforts are now bearing fruit. 

Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry signed legislation protecting women from coerced criminal abortion, defined to include when a pregnant woman is given chemical abortion drugs without her knowledge or consent.  

Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry

The bill also classifies mifepristone and misoprostol (the two-drug protocol for chemical abortion) as Schedule IV controlled substances. This is a brilliant move that hopefully other states will follow. A person in possession of these drugs without a prescription may be looking at 10 years in prison. The law will not criminalize a pregnant woman taking the drugs. Claims by pro-abortion activists that the law would prevent medical treatment for women were dismissed as fearmongering.  

Not one woman Senator voted against the legislation and neither the Louisiana Hospital Association nor the State Medical Society opposed this novel bill protecting women from coerced abortion.

The legislation was sponsored by State Senator Thomas Pressly whose sister Catherine Herring was poisoned seven times when her then husband put the abortion pills in her drink. Her daughter survived the attack, albeit not without long term effects on her health. 

Dr. Amber Shemwell

Dr. Amber Shemwell, an OBGYN said the abortion pills “are recklessly available online and on the street” which has been described as “out of control in Louisiana.”    

States are looking at additional ways to combat the illegal proliferation of black-market pills where the unborn are protected by law. 

Both Tennessee and Louisiana enacted legislation to safeguard minor girls from being victims of abortion trafficking to other states without the knowledge or consent of their parents or guardians. Planned Parenthood and others in the abortion industry have been caught on undercover videos stating this clandestine operation is common. Idaho passed similar legislation that is currently tied up in the courts.   

This new evasive battleline in the effort to end the scourge of abortion in America is now the black marketing of chemical abortion by radical feminists. These are extreme pro-abortion activists who for decades warned against the grave dangers of illegal abortion – something they now fully embrace.  

It is difficult to stop the illegal and criminal efforts to circumvent legislation that protects the unborn and their mothers, but these innovative states are standing in the gap to do all they can to safeguard vulnerable unborn babies and their mothers.   

Defending Life,   

Brad Mattes, President Life Issues Insitute

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