Legislation

Oklahoma Passes Abortion Pill Reversal Law

Senate Bill 614 requires that, at least 72 hours before dispensing Mifepristone as well as after the initial dose, abortionists must inform women in writing that it may be possible to reverse the effects of the first dose as well as where they can find help in doing so. Refusing to provide the information would be a felony, and any facility that refuses to post the information would be subject to a $10,000 fine. The bill passed the House 74-24. Read more...

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Florida House Passes Parental Consent Law

Florida House lawmakers passed legislation Wednesday to require pregnant minors to obtain a parent’s consent before they can have an abortion. State representatives passed House Bill 1335 in a 69-44 vote after a lengthy and sometimes heated debate. Florida currently requires that a parent be notified before a girl under age 18 has an abortion. The bill would strengthen protections for minors and their unborn babies by requiring a parent’s consent. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies as well as for situations where there is evidence that the minor is being abused by a parent. The state Senate is considering similar legislation. Read more...

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Restrictions Are Lowering Abortion Rates

There is a substantial body of academic research demonstrating that the incidence of abortion is sensitive to its legal status. The best study on this subject was published in the Journal of Law and Economics in 2004, specifically analyzing Eastern-European countries after the fall of Communism. Some countries, such as Romania, liberalized their abortion laws while others, such as Poland, instituted legal protections for the unborn. The study held constant a range of economic and demographic variables and found that modest abortion restrictions reduced abortion rates by 25 percent. Stronger limits had an even larger effect. Read more...

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Arkansas Lawmakers Pass 72-hour Waiting Period

Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation requiring women to wait 72 hours before having an abortion, one of the strictest waiting periods in the country. The majority-Republican Senate approved the proposal to expand the current waiting period of 48 hours by a 29-5 vote. The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who plans to sign it into law. Read more...

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Puerto Rico Governor Vetoes Pro-Life

Although the pro-life bill passed both houses of the commonwealth legislature with overwhelming majorities, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has vowed to veto it. The bill, entitled the “Law for the Protection of Women and the Preservation of Life” (PS 950), would have introduced a number of common-sense restrictions on abortion in the U.S. commonwealth, including requiring parental consent for minors under 18 years of age seeking abortion and requiring that infants born alive after an abortion are provided with appropriate medical care. Read More

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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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