The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday concerns this simple fact: every life has value from conception to natural death and should be protected. With modern technology, there is no longer any doubt that there are human babies in the wombs of American mothers and not just “clumps of cells” as was claimed for many years. Most Americans no longer consider abortion to be the only answer to an unplanned pregnancy.
Mary Margaret Olohan at The Daily Signal
reported that “Republican governors are signing pro-life laws all across [the]
country.” She stated that the governors are “ramping up pro-life legislation”
to counteract President Joe Biden’s expansion of access to abortion. Pro-life laws
in Arizona, Oklahoma, Montana, and Idaho were the latest ones to be signed.
In Arizona, Republican Governor Doug
Ducey signed SB 1457 into law on Tuesday. This legislation bans “abortions based
on a diagnosis of genetic abnormality like Down syndrome. Ducey tweeted the
Every life holds immeasurable value –
regardless of genetic makeup…. Today I signed legislation to prioritize life in
our preborn children and protect those with genetic abnormalities. Arizona
remains among the top pro-life states in the nation, and my sincere thanks goes
to Senator Nancy Barto for her leadership and work on this life-saving issue
and to those who supported this bill.
Also on Tuesday, Republican Idaho
Governor Brad Little signed legislation into law. This legislation bans “abortions
after an unborn baby’s heart can be detected.” A fetal heartbeat can be heard
as early as 5.5 weeks, and an unborn baby can feel pain as early as 12 weeks.
On Monday, pro-life bills were
signed into law in both Oklahoma and Montana by two Republicans governors. Oklahoma
Governor Kevin Stitt and Montana Governor Greg Gianforte “each signed three
different pro-life bills into law.”
The Oklahoma laws “ban abortion
after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected, classify a doctor performing an abortion
as ‘unprofessional conduct,’ and require that doctors who perform abortions
must be certified in gynecology and obstetrics.” The Montana laws prohibit “abortions
of unborn babies capable of feeling pain, requiring ultrasounds before
abortions, and adding requirements for providing abortion drugs to mothers.
Gianforte made the following statement.
There were many who served in this
building before us who championed the unborn, people who worked hard to advance
the cause for life. Unfortunately, their efforts were vetoed. Not today.
As the Biden administration expands “access
to abortion through the country,” states are passing pro-life legislation to
counteract the executive orders. Within days of his inauguration, Biden revoked
the Mexico City policy that prevented federal tax dollars from paying for
abortions in other countries. He “vowed to make Roe v. Wade the law of the land.”
In addition, Biden took “steps to undo President Donald Trump’s Protect Life
Rule, which prohibited Title X Family Planning Program funds form going to
organizations that perform or promote abortions. He also “reversed Trump’s ban
on using abortion fetal tissue for taxpayer-funded research.”
In early April, the Biden
administration announced that it is making abortions easier to obtain. It
lifted “the Food and Drug Administration’s former restrictions on abortion
drugs, allowing the abortion pills to be delivered by mail during the
Abortion is a scourge on our nation,
and America will pay a terrible price for killing millions of innocent babies.
The price we paid for slavery was the Civil War with its 800,000 dead. I
believe that the price for abortion will be much greater. I am relieved to see
that States are taking action to protect the unborn babies.