It should come as no surprise that “abortion safe haven” states are performing more abortions, a lot more. The pro-abortion research group Guttmacher Institute found a significant increase in abortions in states with liberal abortion laws such as New Mexico, Colorado, Washington, Illinois, and South Carolina.
Illinois abortionists performed a staggering 18,300 more abortions in the first half of this year than they did during the same period in 2020.
South Carolina and New Mexico aborted 3,270 and 6,500 more unborn babies respectively than they did during the same period in 2020.
The report and news media blame nearby states with pro-life laws, but the latest research did not look at the proportion of abortions obtained by women traveling from pro-life states. So, it is impossible to know for sure how many babies were saved in nearby pro-life states, how many women crossed state lines to get abortions, or if more abortions were performed overall. But it does cause us to count each life lost and consider the growing culture of death in some areas of the nation, where they end 18,000 additional little lives without skipping a beat.
It also inspires us to fight that much harder for each life yet to be born and the women at risk.
Abortion Industry Marches State by State
No longer able to rely on the courts, abortion activists are marching state by state, enshrining virtually unregulated abortion into state constitutions.
After winning several abortion state ballot measures last year in the wake of Dobbs overturning Roe, the abortion industry, drunk on success, has sights on more states and increased destruction. Not satisfied with codifying Roe, most state ballot measures push beyond Roe to ensure lawmakers cannot pass regulations on abortion.
But in Ohio, it goes even further. The proposed constitutional amendment not only allows abortion up to birth, but the choice of wording will include sex-change surgeries for minors. By design, the definition of “reproductive health” would include transgender drugs and surgeries for children without parental consent. Watch this ad from Protect Women Ohio.
Ohio voters failed to pass a 60% threshold for constitutional amendments there. That means just over 50% of voters can enshrine this radical abortion/transgender amendment into Ohio’s constitution. If that happens, many Ohioans will be surprised that they voted their parental rights away and supported sex-changes for children because the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and others are deceiving voters, hiding the ugly parts in crafty legal language.
And, if Ohio passes this horrible amendment this November, it will set ablaze similar efforts in other states. Activists in Arizona have already filed a radical abortion ballot measure, which is going through final touches now.
A Sad Day in Mexico
Just over a year after the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe, setting in motion state-controlled abortion laws and leading to nearly half of the states passing various limitations on abortion, our neighbors to the south have done the opposite.
Mexico’s Supreme Court this week decriminalized abortion nationwide. The Court found abortion restrictions to be unconstitutional because they “violate the human rights of women and people with the capacity for pregnancy.” Interesting wording considering only women have the capacity for pregnancy. Nonetheless, Mexico’s high court now sees abortion restrictions as violating the human rights of women, instead of recognizing abortion violates the human rights of unborn humans.
Although the above news can be discouraging, take heart; it is but a moment in time and we knew Dobbs was opening a new chapter in a long battle for life. But it’s well worth it.
CAP – Supported law in Court
A 2021 CAP-supported state law prohibiting discriminatory abortions based on genetic abnormalities like Down syndrome is in court Monday. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the case and decide whether to implement a preliminary injunction temporarily halting the law. The law was on hold while the case played out in court, but when Dobbs overturned Roe v Wade, a federal judge dropped the injunction, and the law went into effect.
Arizona’s Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma intervened in the lawsuit to defend the law after pro-abortion Attorney General Mayes refused to defend it in court. ADF Senior Counsel Denise Harle will argue for the lawmakers.
The CAP team will be in the courtroom for oral arguments, and I will update developments next week.
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- Read here about a congressman’s call to help 120,000 Christians as risk of genocide at the hands of the Azerbaijan government.
- Listen here to the latest Engage Arizona podcast, where we discuss your rights as a parent in public schools with CAP’s Legislative Counsel, and we talk with a local school board member fighting from within for parents.
- Read here how the U of A nursing school is teaching future nurses that 3-year-olds know if they are transgender.