Many States are passing “HEARTBEAT BILLS” to much celebration by the pro-life Christian community. But it can be used by the opposition with dire long-term consequences if Christians do not follow this up correctly.
HEARTBEAT BILLS IN THE STATES
In early April 2019, Georgia passed the “Heartbeat Bill” by one vote.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that within days the Georgia Democrats rallied around its passage. Seven women announced their intent to run against Republican State legislators that voted for the bill.
The “Heartbeat Bill” prohibits abortion, with some exceptions, after doctors can discern a fetal heartbeat happening around six to eight weeks of pregnancy. The strong argument against the timing is that it is before some women even know they are pregnant.
Georgia previously had a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The governors in Mississippi and Kentucky signed “fetal heartbeat” measures into law in recent weeks, and other states — including Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas — are expected to pass similar Bills this year.
All the States passing “Heartbeat Bills” are seeing quick legal challenges. Courts have ruled the measures in Kentucky, Iowa, and North Dakota unconstitutional, stopping them from taking effect.
The Courts will get involved as similar Bills clash with Supreme Court decisions that recognize a woman’s right to an abortion. The Court has held against States laws until a fetus is viable outside the womb, usually around 24 weeks into a pregnancy.
Since 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a constitutional right to abortion but held that states could prohibit abortion after fetal viability—the point at which a fetus can sustain life outside the womb—unless the life of the Mother is in danger.
THE DEMOCRATS WILL USE IT
While the battle for the various “Heartbeat Bills” go to the Courts, the Political War will reach a fever pitch.
Democrats are confident the Courts will strike these Bills down. Meanwhile, they will use it to energize their base for the upcoming 2020 elections.
Suburban women are the target. The Far Left will broadcast that their “Rights” will soon be taken away.
“Women’s Rights” advocates will hit the streets knocking on doors raising the temperature. They will do everything they can to ensure the Democrats take over the power of the State House and Senate in all of these States.
The issue is guaranteed to be a primary issue in the upcoming election.
Will the Church show up? Will the conservatives and pro-Life community, so comfortably vocal on Facebook from their living rooms, actually get out and support, volunteer, to help their local Republican party? WIll they do what they have never done before, and send money to help pro-life candidates?
IS THERE A SMARTER WAY TO STOP ABORTION?
In December 2016, Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed the Ohio “heartbeat” bill that would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detectable. Kasich, who is pro-life, vetoed the heartbeat bill because it likely wouldn’t hold up in federal courts.
The move may seem like a victory for abortion advocates. However, at the same time, Kasich signed into law a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. This move is far more threatening to abortion rights in the state and country than the heartbeat legislation.
The 20-week threshold is the point at which medical science has proven that a fetus can feel pain.
There are only seven countries that allow abortions after 20 weeks, including the United States.
More than a third of states have successfully implemented “20-week abortion bans,” according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Kasich’s Ohio bill mirrors the national Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. It banned late-term abortions nationwide after 20 weeks post-fertilization and first introduced in Congress in 2013.
The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives three times under a Republican majority in 2013, 2015 and 2017. It received a majority of votes twice in the U.S. Senate but has failed to reach the 60 votes required to break the filibuster.
The late-term or after-20-weeks ban may be the best strategy as Doctors have more information now of when a child can feel pain. Polls say that even among pro-choice Americans, they are strongly opposed to late-term abortions.
AMERICANS DO NOT LIKE LATE-TERM ABORTION
New York passed and enacted the Reproductive Health Act which allows doctors and other healthcare professionals to perform abortions up to the point of birth. Soon after this Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam made controversial comments about procedures after birth. This outraged Americans from both sides of the issue.
Shortly after these moves on late-term abortion hit the airwaves, a poll was done by Americans United for Life and USAGOV.
The survey found that 66% of pro-choice Americans oppose abortion in the third trimester, or after 28 weeks of pregnancy, eight weeks after the child can feel pain. A full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks, which the New York law now allows.
According to Real Clear Politics, the annual Marist poll on abortion found that the overwhelming majority of Americans – usually three-quarters or more – want abortion restricted to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy.
If the 2020 elections would give the Pro-Life Republicans a stronger majority in the Senate, closer to the 60 vote threshold needed, The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act could get passed. President Trump would undoubtedly sign it.
There is an argument that only 2% of abortions are performed after 20 weeks. Out of 638,169 abortions in 2018 alone, this would have possibly prevented that 2% or 12,763 deaths of children over 20 weeks.
The 20-week rule may not be enough for those of us who believe every life matters, but it would put an end to the concept of later-term term abortions that leads to infanticide.
Most importantly, a priority should be put on educating women that this child can feel pain. It is a child.
Of course, if Nancy Pelosi is still in charge of the House after 2020, any abortion restriction would be “dead on arrival.” No pun intended.
PUT ACTION BEHIND PRAYERS
The advocates for unlimited abortion are revved up for the coming 2020 elections. They will be using “Women’s Rights” and the “Heartbeat Bills” to promote their agenda.
Christians must be in vocal prayer that the Lord will open eyes to the best, smartest, strategy to end abortion and be ready to take action.
Most importantly, ALL of those who celebrate the passing of the Heartbeat Bills must put action behind their words and open their wallets in the next election.
If it doesn’t happen, there will be dire long-term consequences. The long-range battle can be easily lost, and Democrats will capitalize on this.
Pray of course, but if Action doesn’t follow Prayer, it doesn’t work in the long term.
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