Friday, April 30, 2010

Taking It to the States

States begin flexing their federalist muscles to limit abortion and shore up the thinly protected provisions in President Obama's Executive Order, in the wake of Obamacare becoming law.

Some examples:
Tennessee passed a law that requires abortion facilities to prominently post policies against coercion in an effort to stop forced abortions. Then the Tennessee legislature, with bi-partisan super-majorities in both chambers, passed a measure that would direct Tennessee to opt out of using state funds for abortion services in the state's health exchange.

Governor Dave Heineman signed into law a measure, which passed the Nebraska Legislature with an 80% margin, that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the fact that unborn children feel pain. The law becomes effective in October, but will face a court challenge before then. The governor also signed a law that requires the abortionist to screen women for statistically significant risk factors that may put them at higher risk for psychological or physical complications following an abortion--and to advise the women of the results of the screening.

Georgia is considering a ban on abortions based on the race, or sex, of the child.
And there's more:
Idaho passed a law which provides comprehensive conscience protections for health care professionals.

West Virginia passed a law that protects a mother's right to view an ultrasound prior to an abortion by requiring the abortionist to inform her that she has the right to view one.

Oklahoma has had three pro-life bills signed recently into law. The first one, protects health care professionals' freedom of conscience by affirming their right to refuse to participate in the taking of a human life. The second regulates the use of the abortion drug RU-486. And the third one prohibits abortions based on the sex of the child.
According to USA Today, dozens of other states are debating new restrictions on abortion. No point in quitting now...

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