Skip to comments.Senate Considering Bill That Could Wipe Out Many State Pro-Life Laws
Posted on 07/16/2014 12:16:19 PM PDT by PoloSec
A sweeping bill that could eliminate many commonsense state laws protecting women from the harms of abortion was considered in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday.
Imagine the vast majority of pro-life laws wiped out with the enactment of a single piece of federal legislation. That is the purpose behind S. 1696, summarizes Bill Saunders of Americans United for Life.
The misleadingly named Womens Health Protection Act, S. 1696, sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., would do just the opposite of its euphemistic title. Effectively, it would strip states of the ability to protect the health and safety of women and defend the lives of unborn children.
[S. 1696] is an extraordinarily broad, blunt instrument that through its ranging words would substitute the special interests of the abortion industry for both the well-being of women and the value of human life, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., explained yesterday during testimony.
As the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute points out in a legal analysis of the bill, Blumenthals legislation would jeopardize dozens of state policies that seek to protect the health and lives of women and unborn children.
The far-reaching bill could threaten commonsense laws requiring licensed physicians to perform abortions, placing basic health and safety regulations on abortion clinics, and regulating telemedicine abortions. Also under threat are state laws limiting late-term abortions performed after 20 weeks, when the child can feel pain, or prohibiting sex-selective abortion. And ultrasound requirements and waiting periods policies that have provided women the information and time to consider their decision would likewise be jeopardized by S. 1696.
The legislation could also open new doors for taxpayer funding of elective abortion and potentially undermine conscience rights protections for medical professionals who object to participating in elective abortion.
The Blumenthals bill effects on women could be devastating. A substantial body of literature indicates that induced abortion is associated with significant risks and potential harms to women, Monique V. Chireau, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center explains in written testimony.
In addition to potential negative psychological and physical risks of abortion, research has demonstrated that the risks associated with abortion increase dramatically with gestational age, Chireau continued. Essentially prohibiting states from informing and protecting women from these risks, as the Blumenthal bill could do, does a grave disservice to womens dignity, lives, and safety.
As Americans witnessed during the trial exposing the gruesome legacy of Philadelphia late-term abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, the risks of abortion are only exacerbated by a largely unregulated abortion industry. Today, abortion clinics across the country are under investigation for dangerous, unsanitary conditions that routinely jeopardize womens lives and health.
Yet, explains Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life: S. 1696 would greatly impede the ability of states to curb the activities of those abortion providers who most frequently injure or kill women, or exploit them in various ways an area in which many jurisdictions have been unduly lax for decades.
The overreaching Blumenthal legislation is at odds with the growing consensus among Americans about protecting unborn life.
Two-thirds of Americansincluding 60 percent of womenbelieve late-term abortion should generally be illegal. And 80 percent generally oppose abortions in the third trimester, when the child can live outside the womb and women are at a much greater risk for complications. Strong majorities, including those who consider themselves pro-choice, support the very state policies on abortion the Blumenthal bill would threaten.
Jeopardizing the gains of more than 40 years in protecting the lives of women and unborn children is a stance that disregards the views of most Americans and the duty of government to protect the life of every person born and yet to be.
I wrote it all out and after censorship there was nothing left fit for print, except for "murdering gov't thugs".
Our federal government seems to want to learn the hard way about states rights.
So Democrats want more botched abortions by lifting the checks and balances on bad LEGAL abortionists?
oh, the optics of this are just too good to pass up - Zero administration promotes abortions in pill and surgical form among poor black women while opening borders and building schools for latino women and their children.
We’re gonna need a LOT of popcorn!
The states are now just satellites of the federal government. They have ceded all their power to the feds. This is not the way the republic was set up.
The title should be rewritten to state: The Demonic Party Senators seek to wipe out the 10th Amendment.
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