Funding Cuts, Clinic Inspections, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Acts Moving in State Legislatures

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-lifers are moving on multiple innovative fronts in the battle to hem in the Abortion Juggernaut, including cutting off funding and assuring more regular inspection of abortion clinics.

Yesterday HB 2384 became law in Arizona. Now that Gov. Jan Brewer has affixed her signature, beginning January 1, no longer will there be a “state income tax credit for charitable contributions for donations to Planned Parenthood Arizona,” the Arizona Republic reported. “The bill also forbids the use of any state or federal funds, as well as tuition and fees, to train medical professionals to provide abortion services.”

In Delaware a final vote is anticipated tomorrow in the state House on a bill that the state Senate passed Tuesday. It would mean that “Delaware medical facilities that perform abortions and other procedures requiring anesthesia would be subjected to complaint-driven inspections for the first time,” according to Chad Livengood of the News Journal. The vote was 21-0, and was “prompted by the deplorable conditions found in a Pennsylvania abortion clinic,” a reference to abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who stands accused of eight counts of murder.

The measure had already passed the House, but will return there because the Senate’s version added a slight amendment to House Bill 47. In addition to his own clinic in West Philadelphia, Gosnell also worked part-time at Atlantic Women’s Medical Services in Wilmington, Delaware.

Under the bill, the divisions of public health or professional regulation will have authority to inspect facilities based on complaints from patients, parents or guardians. “The legislation also authorizes the Department of Health and Social Services to adopt additional regulations to ensure abortion clinics get inspected,” Livengood wrote.

Oklahoma sent their Abortion is not Health Care bill to Governor Fallen who is expected to sign it. The vote was 84-10.

In Georgia, under a bill approved Tuesday by the House, if a federal health exchange is set up in Georgia (as provided under ObamaCare), none of the money could be used for abortions. The Associated Press reports that if the state Senate approve of the changes the state House made to the Senate’s version of the bill, it will go to Gov. Nathan Deal for his anticipated signature.

And as we discussed yesterday, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed two bills into law.  HB 2218–The “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”–is modeled after Nebraska’s path-breaking 2010 legislation. It protects the lives of unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion, based on the scientifically documented fact that by this juncture the child can experience pain. Gov. Brownback also signed HB 2035, the Accuracy in Abortion Reporting & Parental Rights Act.

Minnesota’s Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act received approval from ‘the Senate Health and human Services Committee as did a ban of public funding of abortion. The public funding ban also cleared a House committee.

On Monday, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee passed a measure that would make a commonsensical change—require that abortion clinics in the state meet the same safety standards as outpatient surgery centers.

The measure by Rep. Matthew Baker, chairman of the Health Committee, specifies that the Health Department “shall apply the same fire and safety standards, personnel and equipment requirements; and quality-assurance procedures to abortion facilities” that regulate surgical centers. The AP reports that it “is aimed at ensuring that abortion clinics receive the same level of state oversight as other medical facilities.”

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