The Economist April 13th 2019 


Abortion controls


In a heartbeat

WASHINGTON, DC


A new push to overturn Roe v Wade



Though conservatives are by and large taking a kicking in the culture wars, they continue to hold ground on one front: abortion. Americans increasingly accept the right of gays to adopt children and marry. But they have not moved in a similar direction on women's right to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Abortion is as controversial as it was 46 years ago when the Supreme Court ruled it a constitutional right in Roe v Wade. Hence the success of "Unplanned", a low-grade, blood-spattered film about an abortion nurse-turned pro-lifer that has become a box-office hit.


More significant fresh evidence of Americans' antipathy to abortion comes in the form of legislation. In the first three months of 2019,12 states introduced bills that ban abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat is detectable. That happens around the sixth week of pregnancy, two weeks after a missed menstrual period, when many women do not yet know they are pregnant. In other words, the bills come close to being total abortion bans.


Around half have made it through at least one legislative chamber. In some states they have been signed into law. In March a "heartbeat" bill was signed by Mississippi's Republican governor. Georgia's governor, also a Republican, is expected to approve a similar bill there—sparking threats of a Hollywood boycott of a state that is a hub for film and tv production.


The rush of state-level heartbeat bills represents a shift in strategy by some anti-abortionists. Since 1973, pro-lifers have for the most part focused on chipping away at Roe by introducing burdensome regulations that make it harder to obtain an abortion. These range from imposing waiting periods between a consultation at a clinic and an abortion (which can be difficult for women in states with few clinics) to dictating the width of clinic corridors. This approach has been successful. The Gutt-macher Institute, a pro-choice research group, says 401 abortion restrictions were introduced between 2011 and 2017. Eight states have only one abortion clinic…..


THE  ARTICLE  GOES  ON  WITH  PROS  AND  CONS  OF  WHAT  MAY  YET  HAPPEN  WITH  ABORTION  IN  THE  USA.


BUT  IT  IS  WONDERFUL  THAT  GOOD  PROGRESS  IS  BEING  MADE  TO  CURB  ABORTION  ON  DEMAND.


THE  BIBLE  MAKES  IT  VERY  CLEAR  HUMAN  LIFE  BEGINS  AT  CONCEPTION  AND    WILLFUL  PLANNED  ABORTION  IS  MURDER!


WHILE  OTHER  GREAT  SINS  IN  THE  USA  ARE  MOVING  FORWARD [LEGAL  SAME  SEX  MARRIAGE,  AND  TRANSGENDER  STUFF]  IT  IS  REFRESHING  TO  SEE  ABORTION  ON  DEMAND  IS  REGRESSING.


Keith Hunt