Pro-abortion publication worries courts can only stem pro-life legislation for so long

By Dave Andrusko

The creation of a Culture of Life is formed by aa accretions of successful legislative, educational, and political initiatives. Even when courts, as many are wont to do, temporarily strike down protective legislation, it keeps the public’s eye on what pro-abortionists want hidden at all costs: the slaughter of unborn children.

I thought of that and how when courts upholds pro-life legislation it is a signal for publications to put that trumph in context—aka, be worried. That was on display in a piece written for MedPage Today by Joyce Frieden.

I loved her headline because it captures the ebb and flow but also our Movement’s utter relentlessness: “States Continue Push to Restrict Abortion: Many laws likely to be stopped by courts — for now.”

Her jumping off point is Arkansas:

Arkansas’ law adding more regulations on providers of medication abortions is but one example of the increased restrictions that states are seeking to put on abortion providers, according to advocates on both sides of the abortion debate.

The law, which was passed in 2015, requires clinics that provide medication abortions to have a contract with a provider that has admitting privileges at a local hospital. The law was challenged by abortion rights advocates and wound its way through the legal system, eventually making its way to the Supreme Court, which on Tuesday declined to hear the case.

As a result, the ruling of the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in favor of the law still stands, although Planned Parenthood has said it will seek a temporary injunction to block the law from taking effect. In the meantime, however, Planned Parenthood has said it will stop providing medication abortions in the state.

“One more regulation.” That’s unbiased reporting, if every I read such.

Arkansas’ “Abortion-Inducing Drugs Safety Act” merely requires abortion clinics providing chemical abortifacients to have a contract with another physician with admitting privileges at a local hospital who agrees to handle any complications.

Pro-abortionists challenged that and without comment the Supreme Court said it would not second guess the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to vacate a judge’s 2015 injunction.

But from the pro-abortion perspective that’s but a small part of a much larger, and much darker, picture. (Thanks to Nancy Valko for highlighting these key points.)

Arkansas now joins a handful of states that have only one abortion clinic; the others include North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Mississippi, Kentucky, and West Virginia, Elizabeth Nash [senior state issues associate at the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute] said. “In some states, that has curtailed access dramatically,” Nash said. “Women may end up going to other states to access abortion there … or they may be delayed because they found out that they wanted an abortion early in the pregnancy, but they have to arrange an appointment several weeks in advance [since] there is only one clinic to go to.”

Seven down, 43 to go. What else prompted Frieden to write her lament?

“Currently, 43 states have laws that restrict abortion after a certain period of gestation, according to a report by the Guttmacher Institute. In addition, 19 states require an abortion to be performed in a hospital after a specified point in the pregnancy.”


“With the closing of Planned Parenthood clinics in states like Arkansas, more crisis pregnancy centers likely will appear, said Kelly Marcum [legislative assistant at the pro-life Family Research Council].

This will be expedited as state and federal dollars increasingly are reallocated away from abortion clinics to full-service community health services, which provide “health services,” not death services.

Finally there is what Frieden titled the “Trump Effect.” As we has described countless times, President Trump has delivered over and over and over again on his promise to nominate strict constructionist/originalist judges and justices.

Such women and men treat the Constitution seriously, which is always, always, always bad news for pro-abortionists who prefer finding “rights” in “penumbras” and “emanations.”

When you finish this post, please take a moment to read, “The advances made on the life issues in President Trump’s first 500 days.”