Legislation

South Dakota Toughens Abortion Laws

Gov. Kristi Noem signed several pro-life bills into law. Noem said in a statement that the bills will "crack down" on abortion providers in South Dakota by requiring the facilities to provide women with "specific, scientific information" about the fetus. "A strong and growing body of medical research provides evidence that unborn babies can feel, think and recognize sounds in the womb," Noem said. "These are people, and they must be given the same basic dignities as anyone else." The new laws will go into effect July 1. Read More

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Arkansas Passes '18-Week' Abortion Limit

A bill outlawing abortions after 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy -- except in medical emergencies and in cases of rape or incest -- cleared its final legislative hurdle in the House. The House voted 86-1 to accept a Senate amendment to House Bill 1439 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum, R-Elm Springs, that added an exemption for pregnancies that resulted from rape or incest. Rep. David Whitaker, D-Fayetteville, was the sole "no" vote. B1439 was passed in the House in February with only an exemption for medical emergencies. Read More

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New York Law: 'No Different Than Infanticide'

Pro-life leaders and commentators are responding with disgust, sorrow, and resolve to the New York legislature's votes to enshrine a "fundamental right" to abortion in state law and strip protections from preborn babies until birth. The state Senate voted 38-24 and the state Assembly 92-47 in favor of the so-called "Reproductive Health Act," a bill that has repeatedly cleared the Assembly in years past but been blocked by the formerly-Republican Senate. Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed the bill, called it a "historic victory for New Yorkers and our progressive values" and ordered the One World Trade Center spire to be lit in pink to mark the occasion. Read More

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New York State 'Celebrates' Death

Woe to us because even if New York hadn't passed the Reproductive Health Act, babies are still being killed. Woe to us because even as we post on the horrendous nature of this law—which we should—we have not yet oriented our lives such that our theology of pro-life compels us to greater involvement—speaking up for the unborn, valuing and promoting adoption, caring for children and their often-unwed mothers. Read More

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