This year has been encouraging to see many states advocate for the right to life. The following states have passed new laws protecting the unborn in various ways: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Utah, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed the most restrictive law, which makes it a felony for doctors to perform, or even attempt to perform, an abortion. The only exception made is for cases where the mother’s life is in danger.
Some states took measures to make abortion more accessable, though. Illinois Senate voted to pass their Reproductive Health Act, which repeals the ban on partial-birth abortion, allowing abortion for any reason through all nine months, and requires insurance companies to provide coverage. Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) vows to sign it into law. New York’s Gov. Cuomo (D) signed the Reproductive Health Act, which legalized abortion at any time and also repealed criminal charges for harming children in the womb, but not for harming pregnant women. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) is set to sign a bill that would cite abortion as a “fundamental right.”
Abortion is predicted to be one of the most pressing topics in debates for the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Pray that our presidential leader will recognize the sanctity and protection of all unborn babies.
(Article from the Pro-Life Union’s June 2019 newsletter update.)