Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards -the Deep South’s only Democratic Governor- defied his party Friday and signed his state’s newest ‘Heartbeat’ law; becoming the latest state to limit abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
“The signature puts Edwards further out of step with the Democratic Party, whose platform is to allow the government to pay for abortions. Lawmakers in blue states also are pushing for looser restrictions on abortion and to codify abortion rights,” reports the Washington Examiner.
“I know there are many who feel just as strongly as I do on abortion and disagree with me — and I respect their opinions,” Edwards said Wednesday. “As I prepare to sign this bill, I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted on it to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana.”
The Illinois House passed a controversial pro-choice bill this week; repealing the state’s ban on partial birth abortions that may occur in late stage pregnancies.
“After a lengthy and emotional debate, the Illinois House passed a controversial abortion rights bill Tuesday that opponents characterized as extreme but supporters say is necessary to protect women as several states enact more restrictive laws,” reports the Chicago Tribune.
“The bill would repeal the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 and its provisions that called for spousal consent, waiting periods, criminal penalties for physicians who perform abortions and other restrictions on facilities where abortions are performed. The bill would establish ‘the fundamental right’ of a pregnant woman to have an abortion and states that ‘a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights,’” adds the article.
The legislation -titled the Reproductive Health Act- repeals Illinois’ ban on ‘partial birth abortions’ that may occur in late-stage pregnancy.
“Today, Illinois says we are better than this war on women,” Chicago Democrat Rep. Kelly Cassidy said. “Illinois says we trust women. Please join me in saying that loud and clear: ‘We trust women.’”
The abortion debate has taken center stage in recent weeks after several conservative states -including Alabama- passed strict anti-abortion legislation.
“The bill, known as HB314, criminalizes abortion in nearly every scenario, without any exceptions for cases of rape or incest, regardless of how far along a woman’s pregnancy is. By far the most restrictive abortion bill to emerge at the state level in recent months, it was specifically meant to initiate a legal battle that could end up before the Supreme Court — where a solid conservative majority has emerged during the Trump administration,” reports Fox News.
“The American people want a fresh debate and a new direction, achieved by consensus and built on love for both mothers and babies. The time is coming for the Supreme Court to let that debate go forward,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of pro-life organization the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement on Wednesday.
“This bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection,” said one state representative who supports the bill.
Read the full report at the Washington Examiner.
ANOTHER EXCUSE: AOC Blames Twitter for Her OWN TWEET on Alabama Abortion Law
Embattled Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bizarrely blamed Twitter’s character limitations for her controversial tweet regarding Alabama’s new anti-abortion law; saying the regulations were behind her post that “spread misinformation.”
“The New York Democrat used the social media platform to criticize the law, which was signed by the governor on Wednesday and outlaws nearly all abortions in the state. The same law also makes performing an abortion a felony, punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison unless the mother’s health is at risk, with no exceptions for women impregnated by rape or incest,” reports Fox News.
“Alabama lawmakers are making all abortions a felony punishable w jail time, including women victimized by rape+incest,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet. “Of course, no added punishments for rapists. It’s going to [Governor Kay Ivey’s] desk. She will decide the future of women’s rights in Alabama.”
Alabama lawmakers are making all abortions a felony punishable w jailtime,incl women victimized by rape+incest.
Of course, no added punishments for rapists.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 15, 2019
The tweet immediately came under fire from users on social media; pointing out the law specifically states that women who undergo the procedure will not be subject to criminal or civil liability.
“Section 5. No woman upon whom an abortion is performed or attempted to be performed shall be criminally or civilly liable. Furthermore, no physician confirming the serious health risk to the child’s mother shall be criminally or civilly liable for those actions,” states the Alabama bill.
“It’s a felony punishable by jail, [including] cases of women pregnant by rape or incest. Twitter is 280 [characters] – read the context clues in grammar of the tweet,” she tweeted.
“But good to know you’re here to promote criminalizing medical providers aiding victims of rape and incest! good job.”
It’s a felony punishable by jail, incl cases of women pregnant by rape or incest. Twitter is 280 chars – read the context clues in grammar of the tweet.
But good to know you’re here to promote criminalizing medical providers aiding victims of rape and incest! 👍🏽 good job
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 15, 2019
Read the full story at Fox News.
DEVELOPING NOW: Alabama Passes Strictest Pro-Life Legislation in America, Nearly All Abortions a ‘Felony’
Lawmakers in Alabama voted Tuesday to pass the strictest pro-life legislation in the United States; effectively banning nearly all abortions and making the medical procedure a felony that could carry a 99 year prison sentence for doctors.
“The Alabama Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, setting up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the case that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy,” reports the New York Times.
The bill bans abortions at every stage of a pregnancy -including cases of rape and incest- unless the life of the mother is in serious jeopardy. Doctors who perform the procedure could face nearly 100 years in prison.
“The House approved the measure — the most far-reaching effort in the nation this year to curb abortion rights — last month. It now moves to the desk of Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican. Although the governor has not publicly committed to signing the legislation, many Republican lawmakers expect her support,” adds the Times.
The legislation will likely make its way to the Supreme Court; setting the stage for a major legal battle over Roe V. Wade with President Trump’s two judicial appointees now on the bench.
Read the legislation -House Bill 314 The Human Life Protection Act- below:
This bill would make abortion and attempted abortion felony offenses except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.
This bill would provide that a woman who receives an abortion will not be held criminally
culpable or civilly liable for receiving the abortion.
Relating to abortion; to make abortion and attempted abortion felony offenses except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother; to provide that a woman who receives an abortion will not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable for receiving the abortion; and in connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended.