Pro-Life News: British Abortion Debate, Wisconsin Pro-Life Bill, Aurora Protest

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 29, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life News: British Abortion Debate, Wisconsin Pro-Life Bill, Aurora Protest Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 29,

British MPs Want Clearer Law on Abortion of Disables Unborn Babies
London, England ( —
Members of the British Parliament want a clearer law on when disabled unborn children can become victims of abortions. They saw the current law is meant to allow abortions only in severe, life-threatening conditions and that it is being used to allow abortions on babies with treatable or non-terminal conditions. The Commons science and technology committee is investigating whether the legal limit for abortion should be cut from 24 weeks of pregnancy. It is also looking at whether a better definition of disability is needed for late-term abortions. Between 2002 and 2005, 117 babies with club feet, cleft palates or lips, or webbed or extra fingers and toes were aborted in a single region of England. More than 400 babies with Down syndrome die every year from abortions in the UK. Most of these abortions took place before the 24-week limit, but the procedure can be performed until birth if there is a "substantial risk" the baby will suffer a "serious handicap." However the law does not define "serious" and leaves the decision to abortion practitioners.

Wisconsin Ban on Forced Abortions Gets Backing of Post-Abortion Group
Madison, WI ( —
The Coercive Abortion Prevention Act (AB 427) in Wisconsin would protect women who are being coerced into having abortions against their will. The legislation will be voted on by the State Assembly on Tuesday. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign has endorsed the bill. Georgette Forney, co-founder of the group, said "In recent months alone, we’ve seen numerous high profile news stories about women threatened and intimidated by their parents, boyfriends, and others into having abortions. I know from talking to thousands of women that these are not isolated cases. I also know that the pain and torment caused by an abortion can only be magnified when a woman submits involuntarily to the taking of her child. I don’t see how anyone could oppose the measure." At a public hearing held on this bill on September 13 before the Assembly Judiciary and Ethics Committee, courageous Wisconsin women told their personal stories regarding their own experiences with coerced abortions. Also testifying were representatives of organizations who counsel women who have had abortions, including those who have been coerced into having abortions.

Aurora, Illinois Pro-Life Advocates Continued Protest at Planned Parenthood
Aurora, IL ( —
Pro-life advocates in the Illinois city continued their efforts against a new Planned Parenthood abortion center that just opened there. On Saturday, they held a large protest a the 3051 E. New York Street facility. The protest, organized by the Pro-Life Action League, is the third significant demonstration over the past two months seeing as many as 1,200 pro-life advocates gathering at one time. The opening of the facility, scheduled for mid-September, was delayed for two and a half weeks while investigations were conducted into the seemingly deceptive process in which Planned Parenthood received their occupancy and building permits. Amid much controversy, the facility opened on October 2nd. Pro-life community members have vowed to stay the course. “Steve Trombley of Planned Parenthood stated that our numbers and our zeal would die once they opened. He was wrong!” the group’s leader Eric Scheidler said. “We will be at this facility until abortions are no longer performed and this deceitful business is out of our city. We will be a peaceful, ever-present reminder of the atrocities that go on inside those walls and a constant thorn in Planned Parenthood’s side.”