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December 30, 2010

Pro-life Efforts to Watch in 2011

Although November’s mid-term elections halved the number of pro-life Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, there are hopeful signs for pro-life legislation in the New Year.

January will mark the beginning of the arguably most pro-life House ever,” according to a statement released by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), co-chairman of the bi-partisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. Incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) has stated that “he wants to be the most pro-life Speaker ever” and Americans United for Life chose Boehner for an award.

The House will likely tackle the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (HR 5939) in the upcoming legislative session. Introduced by Smith and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) in July, Smith said the bill is designed to protect conscience clauses in health care nation-wide. Protecting existing conscience rights remains a high priority in 2011. The Alliance Defense Fundsays that the Obama administration “wants to dismantle” a rule passed by the Bush administration in 2008 that prohibited recipients of federal money from discriminating against healthcare professionals refusing to participate in procedures, such as abortion, for reasons of conscience.

Prohibiting the use of federal money to support abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood, will also appear on the legislative agenda. The Title 10 Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (HR 614), co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), would prohibit all federal assistance to organizations performing abortions during the period of assistance. Pence said that the act would close the loopholes in the Hyde Amendment, which allows federally-funded organizations to perform abortions if such procedures are separately funded. In June,the Government Accountability Office foundthat over $1 billion in taxpayer money went to pro-abortion organizations in the past 8 years.

Various states are also expected to tackle pro-life issues in 2011. According to an unreleased NARAL Pro-Choice America analysispreviewed to Politico, the number of anti-abortion governors rose from 21 to 29 in the November election, and the number of states with governments where the governor and the majority legislature are both considered anti-abortion increased from 10 to 15.

In states ranging from Iowa to Tennessee, where anti-abortion legislation has often stalled in committee, anticipation is building that a change in leadership could change the prospects for pro-life legislation as well. Kansas provides one example, where current Democratic Governor Mark Parkinson vetoed a measure preventing the re-establishment of a late-term abortion clinic in the state (following the death of George Tiller and the subsequent closure of his clinic in Wichita). However, Parkinson’s replacement, Governor-elect Republican Sam Brownback, told supporters he would sign any pro-life bill that made it to his desk.

Following Nebraska’s lead—the state passed a late-term abortion ban this year based on the concept of fetal pain—pro-life organizations expect more states to challenge abortion laws by proposing restrictions related to fetus age. Several states, including Kansas, New Jersey, and South Carolina, considered bans on post-viability abortion (abortion past the age a fetus is considered able to live outside the womb) in 2010, according to Americans United for Life. Typically, the “post-viability” age is considered to be between 21 to 28 weeks (Roe v. Wade established viability as “about” 28 weeks); Nebraska’s ban sets the restriction back to 20 weeks. “[F]rom our perspective, if we aren't bucking up against Roe, we're not doing our job,” said Nebraska Right to Life Executive Director Julie Schmit-Albin. "So we did our job in Nebraska and now it's time for the other states to do their job."

Other possible state legislation proposing abortion restrictions will likely include laws requiring an ultrasound to be shown to the patient prior to an abortion--such as the one passed by Oklahoma this year--and measures responding to this year’s federal health care reform that would ban insurance coverage of abortion at the state level.

Comments

Where in the Bible, in the life of Jesus, or in the teachings of Paul, James, John Jude and Peter in the epistles do you find any authority to impose Christ's teachings on unbelievers?

All law is based on a moral position. It simply depends upon the moral base our nation chooses. A pro-life position places moral value on human life, born or unborn.

Law cannot change the moral value of a human life, born or unborn. Jesus gave His life in order to redeem our lives. That fact demonstrates our value. Laws can't change hearts. The gospel can.

Wrong. Law CAN change "the moral value of a human life". Although, I agree it may not be able to change the way people think.

When a living body, when a life, born or no, is respected by codifying it via law, social standing, or what even with overt, physical, direct protection....it is a nothing less than a clear statement that that body and life has been seen to deserve "moral value". Period.

"Imposing Christ teachings on unbelievers"? Please.

No religious person of any sort here by any means---but I get so sick of those accusing others of "imposing"!! Those accusing others of "imposing" impose the most. It sickens me. Here are posters above infiltrating the bible thumpers. And good at it too. Theys sure sound like a real
christian to me. They could have all the stories in the "epistles" down pat by memory. I will not be fooled by it.

Please do not bring religion into these debates (anyone).

Reguardless of where one comes from, making abortion illegal once and for all will at least make it harder to do...WHICH, UM, PERHAPS NOT A GOOD THING NO?

Excuse me. I thought Christianity Today was a religious paper and I was speaking to Christians. God gave a perfect law which Jesus fulfilled to the letter and in the spirit. He did not commission His followers to go and make laws. He commissioned us to go and make disciples by sharing the good news of his resurrection--of the triumph of good over evil--of God over Satan. I believe abortion is evil. I believe adultery is evil. I believe sex outside of marriage and rape are evil. Where do you draw the line? I believe anyone who does these things needs to repent and change his/her ways. For unrepentant people, law just sends them underground, where they do what they want to do anyway. Churches may be the best example when they become legalistic and forget about grace. I know we need laws for the good of the people. I believe Christians should make and uphold good laws, especially when they are involved in government. But the making of laws is not our (Christians) highest calling nor our most effective means of saving children, born or unborn.

In a democracy, the will of the majority is always imposed on the minority, for this is the nature of democracy. It is ellegal to murder your neigbour, this situation is imposed on all, believer or not.

What always bothers me about the abortion debate, is that we all need to remember that every fetus is attached to a woman's body. Therefore, it makes sense to me that the woman needs to be the one to make the decision. Until we do something about all the men who continue to get all those women pregnant against their will,it should always remain a women's issue. Try being pregnant for 9 months when you've taken every possible precaution against getting pregnant. Then talk to me about what SHOULD be done about abortion.

What bothers me is your attempt to convince ANYONE that these many, many millions of abortions performed, up to the time of birth, were all babies conceived by rape of women using 2,3, 4 types of birth control?? That is what you are trying to imply, and it doesn't fly. Those poor women victims!!! NOT. And what about the rights of the baby, whose heart has been beating since 19 days of age? Sorry, but the majority of the women are using NO birth control, and they're having sex with their boyfriends, and THOSE are the majority of people deciding to kill the unborn. And, in car accident cases and in homicides, the unborn baby is counted as a victim of the accident or killer, as he or she should be. If you don't want a baby, abstain until marriage, which is how God intended things.

Abortion is murder, plain and simple. It was the Pro-Choice movement that misrepresented the facts in order to sell the public based on false information.

Quoting Bernard Nathanson,"We persuaded the media that the cause of permissive abortion was a liberal, enlightened, sophisticated one," recalls the movement's co-founder. "Knowing that if a true poll were taken, we would be soundly defeated, we simply fabricated the results of fictional polls. We announced to the media that we had taken polls and that 60 percent of Americans were in favor of permissive abortion. This is the tactic of the self-fulfilling lie. Few people care to be in the minority. We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000, but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000.

To South African regarding democracy.

Unfortunately, as strange as it sounds, we do NOT live in a democracy in the US otherwise gay marriage would not be allowed (majority voted against it..TWICE). Public prayer would be allowed, at least where I live. Thousands of people wanted it, two people didn't..so now there is no public prayer (in the court house).

The life of a human begins at conception, and every life is sacred,
In the Bible in Psm. 139 it says that God formed us inside the
secret place, in out Mother's womb, We are wonderfully made!
Life should never be taken by abortion, except to save the life
of a woman, and it must be life or death. We the American people
should not fund abortion. I stood in front of a Planned Parenthood
clinic many years on abortion day and prayed for the woman
and child she was carrying I prayed that God would bring her
to Himself through this terrible experience, and that He would
allow her to have other children. I will tell you one important
fact, any woman that has had a abortion will never forget it and
will carry this throughout her life, and God does forgive! Consider
adoption it is a wonderful thing to do!