Pro-Abortionists Lament Pro-Life “Siege”

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC State Legislative Director Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D.

In light of the decision today by a three-judge federal appeal panel to lift a temporary injunction on Texas’s new sonogram law, it’s useful to highlight the latest wave of pro-abortion indignation/apprehension that “abortion rights” are “under siege.”

One of many examples that could be offered was one produced for the pro-abortion website rhrealitycheck.org by Elizabeth Nash, of the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute. Her initial observation is clearly on the money:

“By almost any measure, issues related to reproductive health and rights at the state level received unprecedented attention in 2011.”

She then immediately hypes the “siege” by talking about “provisions,” rather than bills/laws. Her rationale is because “bills introduced and eventually enacted in the states contain multiple relevant provisions.”

Nonetheless, her categorization are helpful (but not her numbers—National Right to Life’s State Legislation Department disagrees with her totals—nor her characterizations).

·         “Bans.” Four states joined Nebraska in passing Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Acts. These laws protect from abortion unborn children capable of experiencing pain. This will be a high-profile NRLC priority in 2012.

·         Waiting Periods [a woman’s right to know]. Few things irritate pro-abortionists more than requiring that women wait 24-hours before making this life and death decision. The correct number of states with a woman’s right to know law that includes a waiting period is 26.

·         Ultrasounds (speaking of Texas). You read pro-abortionists and the most straightforward recitation of what the appeals court panel correctly describes as “the epitome of truthful, non-misleading information” is supposedly “ideological” speech.  Twenty-three states require, at a minimum, that ultrasound images be available to the pregnant woman.

·         “Insurance Coverage” [ObamaCare]. One of the few saving graces of ObamaCare is what’s been dubbed the “opt-out” provision. States are required by 2014 to operate and maintain “health insurance exchanges.” However ObamaCare specifically allows States to prohibit coverage of abortions under the qualified health plans offered through the exchanges. A total of 13 states have “opted out.”

·         Clinic Regulation. In light of the scandal surrounding Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell, four states  passed laws to rein in some of the abortion industry’s worse offenses. In some cases, that would require abortion clinics to be treated as ambulatory surgery centers.

·         Medication Abortion [Webcam abortion]. Planned Parenthood, already the largest abortion “provider,” is aggressively reaching out to women in rural areas. “Webcam” or “telemedicine” abortions were pioneered by Planned Parenthood in Iowa. Rather than meeting the abortionist in person, a pregnant woman converses with him long-distance via webcam before receiving the abortion drugs. This is very, very dangerous for these mothers. Six states (AZ, KS, NE, ND, OK,  and TN)  have passed laws requiring that the abortionist needs to be in the same room as the mother.

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