US states back flurry of pro-life legislation

A flurry of pro-life legislation has been backed in US states in recent weeks.

Indiana, Florida, Kentucky and Missouri have taken forward measures which seek to alleviate the harm of abortion in some way.

The recent drive towards enacting pro-life laws comes after an undercover investigation into the country’s biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, last year.


Last week, the governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, signed a law which bans abortions on the basis of sex, race, disability or gender.

The move was closely followed by a new measure in Florida which takes away taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood and other clinics which carry out abortions.

Planned Parenthood was subject to an undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress. The group released videos showing senior employees and associates appearing to seek profit from body parts of aborted babies.

Fewer is better

In Kentucky, Senators have passed a Bill which would require doctors to perform an ultrasound and describe an unborn baby to its mother before an abortion.

The Bill’s lead sponsor, Senator Whitney Westerfield, said that it would deter women from having abortions, adding: “Regardless of everyone’s position on abortion in this chamber, I think we can all agree that fewer is better.”

If enacted, the Bill would be the first piece of pro-life legislation in Kentucky for more than a decade.

Former embryo

Meanwhile, legislators in Missouri have also begun a pro-life push by considering a measure which would formally recognise unborn babies as human beings in the state constitution.

Speaking about the move, Republican representative Mike Moon said: “As a former embryo myself, I want that protection for all embryos, present and future”.

Supporters are optimistic that, although it is unlikely to ban abortions straight away, it will lay the groundwork for future pro-life laws.

To hear people in the UK tell their personal stories of how they were deeply affected by abortion, visit The Christian Institute’s Choose Life page.

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