Categories: Legislation

An Update on State Legislation

By Dave Andrusko

Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D.

As we near the end of the week, I asked Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, director of  National Right to Life’s Department of State Legislation, for a quick progress  report. Here’s the latest.

A bill in Mississippi is now on its way to pro-life Gov. Phil Bryant that requires abortionists associated with an abortion facility to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and to be board-certified obstetricians/gynecologists. Abortion apologists scoff at this, as if there are never any abortion complications and a need for the abortionist to be able to go with the woman to a hospital.

Tennessee’s House has also passed a proposal that would require all abortionists to have admitting privileges in a licensed hospital, either in the county where the abortion is performed or in an adjacent county.

In Minnesota a measure to broaden eligibility for the ‘Positive Alternatives’ grant program has become law. Additional programs that offer help to women in need, such as pregnancy care centers and maternity homes, will now be able to apply for grants.

Two crucial piece of legislation have been passed by the Wisconsin State Legislature and are expected to be soon signed into law by Governor Scott Walker.

The ObamaCare Opt-Out legislation protects Wisconsin taxpayers from subsidizing abortions in the health care exchanges created by ObamaCare. The Coercive and Webcam Abortion Prevention Act protects women from being coerced into having abortions and prevents Planned Parenthood from bringing webcam RU 486 abortions to Wisconsin.

In Arizona, the state Senate has passed a bill that would prevent the abortion of pain-capable unborn children. It now goes to the House for concurrence.

In the face of fierce opposition, lawmakers in Georgia passed a version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on the last day of the session. House Bill 954 nearly died in a disagreement between the two houses, but a compromise version passed with just minutes remaining in the 2012 session. The bill was sent to Gov. Nathan Deal (R) for his signature.

In New Hampshire, a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, based on NRLC’s model act, passed  House 190-109 on March 29. It now goes to the Senate.

The Kansas House passed expanded conscience protection for not performing, or making referrals for, abortions, sterilizations and abortifacient drugs. More specifically, Individual health care providers are protected from losing their jobs, and medical facilities are protected from civil lawsuits.

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