Saturday, September 30, 2023

Nearly 40% of US states change their laws to restrict abortion and protect life

In one month, the repeal of abortion rights in the United States, known as the Roe v. Wade case (1973), will be one year old. This landmark judgment did not outlaw the practice of infanticide, but it removed the constitutional shield and allowed each state to legislate according to its own principles.

Soon after the Constitutional Court decision signed by Justice Samuel Alito, Missouri, Wisconsin, Utah, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Alabama voted to decriminalize abortion. Territories were added the following month. Currently there are 19 who have chosen to give life a chance. Means about 40 percent.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, most states had already passed these so-called “trigger laws” aimed at prohibiting abortion, but the governor of Texas was the first to fight for the lives of all children. The region with 29.53 million inhabitants has managed to reduce abortions by 99 percent.

In fact, according to data from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, there were just three abortions in the seven months after repeal, compared to 2,596 at the beginning of the summer, all of them “medically necessary.”

Oklahoma bans any abortion

The Oklahoma State House ratified a law prior to sentencing that prohibits any form of infanticide from the moment of fertilization. The decision did not come as a surprise to citizens, as Republican Kevin Stitt warned that he would sign any pro-life legislation, because life begins at conception and we have a responsibility as human beings to “Do everything possible to preserve his life.” Child and mother.

The law prohibits any abortion, except when the life of the mother is in danger, or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. Further, it would allow criminal proceedings to be initiated against a person who helps a woman to get an abortion. In addition, the state has a law that prohibits abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.

Wyoming, no abortion pills

On the other hand, Wyoming, the least populous in the United States with 91,362 residents, was the first state to ban abortion pills. This resulted in a motion to repeal abortion rights in 2022.

Wyoming’s governor, Mark Gordon, in addition to being in charge of outlawing access to abortion pills, also approved a bill to prohibit abortions — except for rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger.

Idaho Bans Abortion Assistance

Idaho Governor Brad Little announced last April that he would introduce a law that would penalize and punish anyone who helps minors get abortions or who gives them access to mifepristone (the pill).

In addition, as is the case with Texas, Wyoming, and Oklahoma, abortion was prohibited from the sixth week of pregnancy through the constitutional ruling. However, on August 25, 2022, the government announced a complete ban on this controversial practice.

nebraska bets on lives

The Nebraska State Legislature voted on May 20 to enact a law criminalizing abortion after the 12th week of pregnancy. Following the vote in the State House, Governor Jim Pilsen, a Republican, has the power, as he must sign it into law.

Like the other 18 states, Nebraska is going for life and will ban abortion after 12 weeks’ gestation, with exceptions for rape, incest and “medical emergencies”.

Florida cuts 12 to six weeks

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law last April to reduce the duration of abortions in the state from 15 to six weeks, hours after the White House called the measure “excessive and dangerous.”

It is the second time in a year that the two Republican-majority Florida houses vote on a bill to shorten the legal period for abortion. In April 2022, DeSantis signed legislation that reduced it from 24 to 15 weeks in a new bid for life.

The new law establishes that within the said period women cannot have an abortion in Florida unless the fetus is viable, the pregnancy endangers the mother, or it is the result of rape or incest and does not exceed 15 weeks .

South Carolina Follows Florida

The South Carolina state senate in the United States on Tuesday gave its support to a bill banning abortion from the sixth week of pregnancy with a Republican majority. Governor Henry McMaster is expected to ratify the measure soon.

The bill includes exceptions for life-saving to the patient and fatal fetal anomalies, as well as limited exceptions of up to 12 weeks with medical reporting requirements to local authorities for victims of rape and incest.

Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin, as well as Oklahoma, set to ban abortions in June 2022 when the Supreme Court decision is released.

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