By Dave Andrusko
This is sent to my fellow members of the “forced-birther crowd.” That appellation is courtesy of a blogger for the rabidly pro-abortion Daily Kos, whose only ray of sunshine is that “Only 10 state legislatures are still in session and many of those will soon adjourn.”
I mention this for two reasons. First, although our count and the Daily Kos’s blogger’s count are quite different, both agree that the output of pro-life legislation passed has sharply increased over 2010–“more than double” (Daily Kos) and almost doubled (NRLC). Pro-abortionists fully grasp that all these law “are part of stepped-up efforts” by what they angrily label an “an emboldened forced-birther crowd.”
Second, while the Daily Kos blogger caricatures much of the legislation, even so she makes it possible for her audience to understand that pro-lifers advanced the agenda this year by pushing forth on multiple fronts.
Think of what you’ve accomplished for just a moment. It’s astonishing, and, what’s more, lays the foundation for additional successes.
We broke through on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act front, adding four more states to Nebraska, which passed the first such law in 2010. Ultrasound laws were enacted with varying degrees of specificity and requirements. However all would make it possible for one last reflection by women on the brink of making a life and death decision.
Other states took full advance of one of the few saving graces in ObamaCare (“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” ). ObamaCare requires states to operate and maintain “health insurance exchanges” by 2014. However there is specific language in the PPACA that allows States to affirmatively prohibit coverage of abortions under the qualified health plans offered through the exchanges. Several states passed measures to prevent any future ‘ObamaCare’ state health exchanges from including abortion coverage.
Other states made it clear that they wanted state and federal public health funds to go first to public health clinics and/or qualified non-public hospitals or health centers that provide comprehensive health care–primary and preventative.
Still other states beefed up their informed consent laws (sometimes in conjunction with ultrasound measures).
And, hopefully as a harbinger of things to come, five states passed laws to require that abortionists be in the same room as the pregnant woman. That basic safety requirement is exactly what ‘webcam’ abortions are intended to sidestep in a campaign to bring abortion to rural areas.
I could go on and on, but you get the point, as does the pro-abortion blogger. It’s been a highly successful year and hopefully we can squeeze out another victory or two before the last state legislature adjourns.