Hundreds of state pro-life laws have been passed in recent years. In addition, it’s been reported by Planned Parenthood that over 250 pro-life bills have been introduced just since January 1, 2019.
Last week I shared with you details of an in-depth analysis demonstrating that pro-life legislation is saving countless babies and protecting their mothers.
However, politics can be a double-edged sword in the battle to protect innocent human life. The result of an election is rarely neutral in its impact on life.
Unfortunately, there are some painful reminders that elections can have deadly consequences.
Electing a pro-life majority in a state legislature is only half the battle. Electing a pro-life governor who will sign life-saving legislation is the other half. When one side of the legislative equation fails at the polls on election day, the path to saving babies and protecting their mothers can become much more difficult or impossible.
Recent examples show that when pro-lifers failed to secure a compassionate voice for life in the governor’s mansion, pro-life legislation was blocked.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly vetoed a bill that would have required abortionists to inform women regarding their medical options for reversing chemical abortions should they change their minds after taking the first abortion pill. Governor Kelly’s veto denied an important choice for women who later decide to have their babies.
She called the bill “medically unsound.” This is ironic considering the bill’s chief sponsor was Dr. John Eplee, named 2019’s Kansas Family Practitioner of the Year.
Polling shows 77 percent of Americans support laws to protect newborn infants from infanticide. Even so, some politicians have staked their claims against them.
North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act which would have required appropriate medical care for babies who survive late-term abortions. The governor’s spokesperson, Ford Porter, said “This unnecessary legislation would criminalize doctors for a practice that simply does not exist.”
However, the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control have reported that between 2003 and 2014 there were as many as 588 deaths of infants born alive after late-term abortions. These are reported cases only. Many such deaths are clandestinely carried out in soiled laundry closets or some other out-of-the-way location.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, who defeated pro-life incumbent Scott Walker, has announced his intention to veto a similar born-alive bill.
Governor Tom Wolf from Pennsylvania vetoed pro-life legislation that would have ended both dismemberment abortion and late-term abortion after 20 weeks when a baby can feel the excruciating pain of the procedure.
These vetoes reflect an extreme pro-abortion position, and because the candidates prevailed at the polls, more babies will die by abortion.
As Americans, we have both a privilege and responsibility to elect candidates who will protect the most basic right – the right to life.
Without a right to life, there is no right to healthcare, education or a clean environment.
The pro-life movement has made considerable gains in passing state laws that protect unborn babies. We can be proud of the hard work and results in electing pro-life candidates in many states that are making bold and successful stands on behalf of life.
But the tragedy of those children who continue to be brutally killed by abortion compels us to work even harder to secure the protection of every at-risk unborn child.
Make a candidate’s support of abortion a disqualifying issue every time you vote.
Saving babies and protecting moms,
Yours for life,
President, Life Issues Institute