A Snapshot of the Status of Pro-Life Legislation in the States

By Dave Andrusko

Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D.

Pro-life legislators are fighting back, refusing to buckle under to a furious assault by pro-abortionists against any legislation, including ultrasound laws that would give women have one last chance to reflect before making a life and death decision. Many bills have passed one house of the legislature with movement in the other.

At the center of the pro-abortion campaign was opposition to a bill (now enacted into law) in Virginia which provides mothers an opportunity to view real-time images of their unborn children, and then provides an appropriate waiting period before rushing her through an abortion. “This basic medical information should be provided to women, but because a life-affirming choice takes business away from the abortionist, they will often hide all the facts of abortion and the child’s development from mothers,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, director of the National Right to Life Department of State Legislation.

In Wisconsin the Senate and Assembly have passed AB 154/SB 92, which allows Wisconsin to opt-out of taxpayer-funded abortion coverage under ObamaCare. Wisconsin joins 14 other states that have opted-out of this coverage. As this story is being written, Wisconsin Right to Life is making a final effort to pass The Coercive and Web Cam Abortion Prevention Act in the Assembly. This legislation is intended to protect women from coerced abortions and to prohibit unsafe RU-486 chemical ‘web cam’ abortions. It has passed in the Senate.

South Dakota has passed two pro-life measures this session: a bill, similar to the one passed in Wisconsin, allowing South Dakota to opt-out of tax-funded abortion coverage under ObamaCare, making it the 15th state to opt-out. It also passed a bill protecting women from being coerced into abortion.

The array of pro-life initiatives that have so far passed on house is truly impressive. In addition to ultrasound legislation, they include bans on coerced abortion, ‘wrongful life’ law suits, and assisted suicide. There has also been moves to strengthen existing informed consent laws and (like Wisconsin) laws to require that abortionists be in the room with the mother, rather than ‘communicate’ via a webcam.

On top of that in Georgia there has been approval in one house of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which protects from abortion unborn babies capable of feeling pain.

Meanwhile the Oklahoma Senate has passed ‘The Personhood Act, which affirms that ‘The life of each human being begins at conception.’ The Act, if it becomes law, would establish the foundational principle that the laws of Oklahoma ‘acknowledge on behalf of the unborn child| the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons.’

In Mississippi, in addition to passage in one house of the webcam abortion ban, the state has also passed a measure that requires that the abortionist have admitting privileges with a local hospital. That way if there is a complication during an abortion, the woman can be admitted for treatment.

Arizona also passed some bills out of one house including a bill banning lawsuits for wrongful life claims and one establishing the state’s preference for childbirth.

“The legislatures are still in session and our pro-life legislatures have redoubled their efforts,” Balch said. “It won’t be easy but they are refusing to be intimidated by the campaigns against commonsense legislation orchestrated by pro-abortionists.”