Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) indicated on Thursday that he would sign legislation that would ban the practice of abortions just weeks after pregnancy when a heartbeat can be detected.
“In eight years in the legislature, I was a pro-life legislator, 100 percent with the Louisiana Right to Life,” Edwards said. “When I ran for governor, I said I was pro-life and so that’s something that’s consistent.”
The legislation was approved by the House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday and will be considered by the full state House.
Although the bill has a long way to go before it can be put on his desk and signed into law, Edwards is already receiving flak from pro-abortion lobbying organizations affiliated with the Democratic Party.
“Almost every leading medical association has agreed that banning abortions before viability, which is when a fetus could potentially live viably outside of the mother’s womb, serves absolutely no health benefits and really just skirts what most medical practitioners would advise their patients of,” said Michelle Erenberg, executive director and co-founder of LIFT Louisiana.
“A woman who has been assaulted, been a victim of a crime such as rape or incest, would be forced to carry that pregnancy for nine months and to carry the memory and the burden of the trauma of that experience with her for nine months and I think that is just inconceivable to most people, but apparently it’s not too far for our legislators,” she added.
From his statement, Bel Edwards seems more concerned with satisfying the demands of his constituents rather than appeasing outside pressure groups.
“I know that for many in the national party, on the national scene, that’s not a good fit. But I will tell you, here in Louisiana, I speak and meet with Democrats who are pro-life every single day,” Edwards said.
Similar bills have been passed in Georgia, Alabama and Missouri in recent days, and only Missouri Governor Mike Parson has yet to sign his state’s legislation into law. Legal challenges are expected from far-left advocacy groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
“This will never go into effect, as long as ACLU is in litigation,” said ACLU spokesperson Rebecca Seung-Bickley regarding the Alabama abortion restriction.
The courts have not been very friendly to pro-life advocates in recent years, but that may change with the new Supreme Court under President Trump. The long-standing precedent of Roe v. Wade may soon be challenged by a more conservative high court.
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Federal Judge Issues Ruling to Allow Elective Abortions in Texas Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic
The abortion industry will continue during coronavirus.
A federal judge has issued an injunction against Texas Governor Greg Abbott after he banned elective abortions from taking place during the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel, who was appointed to the bench by former President George W. Bush, made the ruling in Austin on Monday banning state officials from preventing abortions in Texas. Abortion providers will be able to perform abortions without restriction at least temporarily because of the ruling.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in a legal brief that the prohibition on elective abortions was needed to “preserve desperately needed medical supplies for the health care professionals combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”
“Medical professionals are in dire need of supplies, and abortion providers who refuse to follow state law are demonstrating a clear disregard for Texans suffering from this medical crisis,” Paxton said.
Judge Yeakel claimed that the constitutional right for women to snuff out the lives of babies the womb trumps all public health concerns during an unprecedented crisis.
“Regarding a woman’s right to a pre-fetal-viability abortion, the Supreme Court has spoken clearly,” Yeakel wrote. “There can be no outright ban on such a procedure. This court will not speculate on whether the Supreme Court included a silent ‘except-in-a-national-emergency clause’ in its previous writings on the issue.”
Because of Judge Yeakel’s decision, the ban on elective abortions in Texas is off until at least April 13 when a court hearing will be held over the phone.
Big League Politics reported last week on the leftist hysteria that occurred after the states of Texas and Ohio announced their temporary ban on elective abortions:
States like Ohio and Texas have enacted orders to cease all non-essential surgeries.
NBC DFW highlights that these moves “have unleashed a new battle over access to abortions during the coronavirus pandemic.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide order on Sunday March 22, 2020 to limit the use of medical supplies hospitals will need as they plan for rising numbers infections resulting from the Wuhan virus. The order prevents hospitals from carrying out surgeries unless the patient experiences an immediate risk for “serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.” …
Republican Attorney General Dave Yost sent letters to Ohio clinics on Friday, March 20, 2020 ordering them to stop all “non-essential” surgical abortions. Yost wrote that the procedures are in violation of a March 17 order enacted by the state health director.
Clinics, pro-baby killing groups, and some state elected officials criticized this move, claiming that abortions are both essential and time-sensitive.
“During an emergency, there is always a chance of government overreach under the guise of `security’ or adherence to `law and order,’” the Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus declared in a statement. “In times of national crisis, we have seen egregious acts that have circumvented our freedoms before. And make no mistake – we are seeing them today.”
The baby-murder industry will continue unabated, thanks to the activist judiciary, even if it means putting the public at serious risk of catching coronavirus.
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