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Alabama’s Pro-Life Law Challenges Roe Head-on

Late last week, Alabama’s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most pro-life bill into law thus far. The Alabama Human Life Protection Act makes all abortions illegal except when it is necessary to protect the life of the mother. An abortionist could be sentenced up to 99 years in prison for violating the law, which does not provide exceptions for instances of rape or incest.

“These new protections simply confirm what science and reason tell us about our most vulnerable Americans,” said 40 Days for Life President Shawn Carney. “The unborn should not be discriminated against but protected and given natural human rights. This is a great day for Alabama and America.”

Writing in the Washington Times, Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, said, “No one can enjoy any of the freedoms in America if they are not first given the right to life. While the law is hotly debated, its very existence—and the language included in it—may lead to a shift in our culture, one that will serve to produce long-term effects rather than fleeting reactions.”

But some say the shift needs to go even further with one writer suggesting that women who abort their own babies should not be exempt from criminal responsibility; murder isn’t just the sin of the abortionist.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Ban on Dismemberment Abortions

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley sided with the attorneys for the ACLU by enjoining enforcement of a Kentucky law prohibiting dismemberment abortions (medically called a dilation and evacuation or D&E procedure) that had been signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevins last year.

The procedure was generally performed after the 14th week of pregnancy. McKinley argued that the ban was unconstitutional because it restricted a woman’s “right to abortion” before the “viability” of the baby, which is typically around 24 weeks.

While pro-abortion activists might tout that D&E abortions are safest for the mother during the second trimester, pro-life advocates point to economic gain as being the real reason for preserving this type of abortion. “Dismemberment abortion facilitates fetal harvesting,” Kansans for Life Executive Director Kay Culp told LifeSiteNews last year. “Clinicians experimenting on aborted baby parts don’t want their research tainted by drugs, and, they want fresh organs—packed for shipping within minutes of death.”

The governor plans to appeal. “We profoundly disagree with the court’s decision and will take this case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, to protect unborn children from being dismembered limb by limb while still alive,” said Elizabeth Kuhn, Bevins’ communications director.

The law would make it a felony for a physician to perform a dismemberment abortion and the physician would be subject to sanctions against his or her medical license.

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Judge Hudson Reverses Ruling in Falls Church Abortion Case

Last week we reported that U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson, in the case of Falls Church Medical Center v. Oliver, granted summary judgment (a judgment entered on the grounds that a trial without evidence is unnecessary) enjoining enforcement of a portion of a Virginia law requiring that physicians perform first and second-trimester abortions.

But on May 14, in an amazing and, to our view, unprecedented act, the judge on his own initiative reversed his earlier opinion, decided he was wrong, and said that the issue of the medical value of having physicians perform the abortion should go to a full trial hearing complete with expert medical proof on May 20.

In his order “Vacating Summary Judgment on Count IV,” Judge Hudson wrote, “summary judgment was improvidently awarded to the parties on Count IV based on the present record. Rather, on further consideration, whether the ‘Physicians-Only Law’ presents an undue burden to Virginia women who seek an abortion is a material fact that is genuinely in dispute. Therefore, to facilitate the development of a full factual record that will enable the Court to better address this question, the Court hereby vacates that portion of its Memorandum Opinion and Order pertaining to Count IV of the Amended Complaint and denies summary judgment to both parties at this stage.”

Amazing!

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Georgia Governor Signs ‘Heartbeat’ Bill Under Threat of Boycott

Despite impending court challenges from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, and boycotts from the Writers Guild of America and actress Alyssa Milano, Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Peach State’s “heartbeat” bill on Tuesday.

Other than in cases of rape, incest, physical medical emergencies, and pregnancies deemed “medically futile,” the bill, which takes effect January 1, 2020, would prevent any abortions when a heartbeat is detected, generally around six weeks. The state currently allows abortion in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“I can’t govern because I’m worried about what someone in Hollywood thinks about me,” said Gov. Kemp. “We cannot change our values of who we are for money. And we’re not going to do that. That’s what makes our state great.”

This is saying a lot considering Georgia is a major hub for the film industry. In the last fiscal year, the state was home to 455 productions, generating $9.5 billion in economic impact and $2.7 billion in direct spending.

But in the end, for the Georgia governor, it isn’t about economics. It’s about declaring Georgia a “state that values life” and “stand[s] up for those who are unable to speak for themselves.”

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Federal Court Strikes Down Virginia Law Requiring Only Physicians Perform Abortions

In a first-of-its-kind decision, U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson struck down a portion of a 44-year-old Virginia law requiring that physicians perform abortions.

Judge Hudson struck down the provisions of the law relative to first-trimester abortions because the restriction in those cases provided only “minimal medical benefits;” however, he left intact the limitation as to second-trimester abortions.

According to Jenny Ma, an attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights that litigated the case, “This decision will change the abortion care landscape in Virginia. More medical professionals will now be able to provide abortion care, which means more women will be able to access this constitutional right.”

The Virginia Catholic Bishops, however, see it another way. In a statement, they noted that Judge Hudson’s “opinion goes beyond Roe v. Wade and reveals the extreme measures that are being taken by pro-abortion groups to eliminate even common-sense restrictions on abortion. . . . Today’s disappointing and legally questionable decision is another example of why we must all remain vigilant and mobilized as the extreme abortion agenda continues to be advanced in Virginia.”

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