Just recently, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) reportedly signed “the most restrictive abortion law in the United States” into law. The bill, known as HB 1510, is a piece of pro-life legislation that “bans women from having abortions after 15 weeks gestation unless the unborn baby is not expected to live outside the womb or if continuing the pregnancy jeopardizes the woman’s life.”
Less than a day after the bill was signed, however, a lawsuit was filed by the state’s only abortion clinic to have the law overturned. Unfortunately, after hearing the details of the case, an Obama-appointed judge engaged in judicial activism and decided to place a temporary block on it pending the outcome of the trial. As a consequence, the law is currently not in effect.
Specifically, shortly after Gov. Bryant signed HB 1510 into law, Diane Derzis, who owns the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, sued to have the restrictions struck down.
Upon hearing arguments from both sides in court, Obama appointed U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, quite absurdly, put countless unborn lives in jeopardy by placing a “temporary restraining order” on the law.
Unsurprisingly, Gov. Bryant, who insists that he’s just trying to “make Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child,” was not pleased with Judge Reeves’ decision, which he called “disappointing.”
Thankfully, though, while some are campaigning to make it as easy as possible to slaughter the unborn, others are actively pushing to make it even harder.
For example, it was recently announced that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be redirecting roughly $260 million in Title X grants away from abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood and toward health care groups that offer “natural family planning methods” and promote abstinence until one’s in a committed and loving relationship.
This basically means that abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood will lose their funds as applicants will have to make sure that their activities not only promote “positive family relationships for the purpose of increasing family participation in family planning and health decision-making” but also emphasize the current social science research on “healthy relationships, to committed, safe, stable, healthy marriages and the benefits of avoiding sexual risk or returning to a sexually risk-free status, especially — but not only — when communicating with adolescents.”
On top of this, the updated application will also require grantees to ensure their staff annually trained to respond to threats such as child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.
“This is a program that’s important to the administration and we think it’s really important to make some meaningful changes to extend the coverage of the program,” explained Valerie Huber, the acting deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Population Affairs at HHS, while speaking to reporters about the new application.
Fortunately, those in the Trump administration aren’t the only ones pushing to make it harder to get an abortion.
Several weeks prior, for instance, Tennessee’s health sub-committee passed a piece of legislation sponsored by state Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) doing exactly what the Trump administration just did.
To clarify, they passed a bill that would “permanently redirect Title X funds away from abortion groups like Planned Parenthood by prioritizing comprehensive health clinics” if it’s ultimately signed into law. Doing so would essentially make a measure that was previously put into place by Governor Bill Haslam back in 2011 an official law.
And several weeks before that, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee passed Senate Bill 3 (SB 3). It’s a piece of pro-life legislation that prohibits doctors from performing dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions.
According to reports, a D&E abortion, otherwise known as a “dismemberment abortion,” is a barbaric second-trimester abortion technique that essentially involves using medical forceps to rip fetuses, sometimes limb from limb, out of their mothers. On top of banning dismemberment abortions, SB 3 would also ban abortions after twenty weeks.
In addition to Pennsylvania, a piece of pro-life legislation was also recently signed in Indiana.
Specifically, the Indiana House of Representatives voted 75-23 back in December 2017 to pass Indiana Senate Bill 404 (SB 404). If it’s ultimately signed into law, SB 404 would require that minors’ parents be notified of their intent to have an abortion if they try to do so without their consent.
On top of ensuring that “parents are involved in the life-changing decision when their minor daughter seeks an abortion,” proponents of SB 404 argue that requiring parental notification will help better protect young girls from abusive situations. They also claim it’ll help keep young girls from making hasty decisions that they may later regret.
Slaughtering babies while they’re still in the womb must not be tolerated. Hopefully, Derzis’ lawsuit is ultimately unsuccessful and the state of Mississippi is allowed to ban abortions after 15 weeks.
If not, then Bryant should appeal and try to get the decision overturned.