In the first quarter of 2015, over 300 pro-life bills have been filed in state legislatures across the United States. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, these bills have been filed in 43 states and are largely bills that ban abortion after 20-weeks or limit the use of medication abortion.
The Hill reports that more than a dozen states have passed pro-life bills in at least one chamber; and Arizona, Idaho, West Virginia and Arkansas have all passed bills in both chambers. In a statement, the Guttmacher Institute said that the trend toward these two policies reflects “a disturbing combination of attempts to curtail access in both the early and later months of pregnancy. The laws could ultimately deprive women of options and leave them with “a greatly reduced time frame to get the care they need.”
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However, what the Guttmacher Institute failed to mention is that the majority of Americans support 20-week bans because they oppose dismembering fully formed, pain-capable babies in utero. In fact, a national poll by The Polling Company found that 64% of Americans support laws banning painful late-abortions after 20 weeks, unless the mother’s life was in danger. Additionally, according to a 2014 CNN survey, 20% of American’s say abortion should always be illegal and 38% say most abortions should be illegal — making it so 58% of Americans oppose all or virtually all abortions.
As LifeNews previously reported, only 27% of Americans side with Planned Parenthood and President Barack Obama in saying abortions should always be legal. Another 13 percent say abortion should be legal in most cases, making it so only 40 percent of Americans generally favor legalized abortion in most instances.
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona), the sponsor of the federal 20-week abortion ban shared with LifeNews the importance of his bill. He said, “More than 18,000 ‘very late term’ abortions are performed every year on perfectly healthy unborn babies in America. These are innocent and defenseless children who cannot only feel pain, but who can survive outside of the womb in most cases, and who are torturously killed without even basic anesthesia. Many of them cry and scream as they die, but because it is amniotic fluid going over their vocal cords instead of air, we don’t hear them.”
Furthermore, the Guttmacher Institute ignores the fact that lawmakers have good reason to limit medication abortion. In April 2011, the FDA reported that 14 women have died from medication abortions in the United States alone and 2,207 women have been injured by it.
Of the women experiencing physical problems resulting from the abortion drug, 612 women required hospitalizations, 339 experienced blood loss significant enough to require a transfusion, 256 experienced infections and 48 women experienced what the FDA labeled as “severe infections.” Their report defined severe infections like this: “Severe infections generally involve death or hospitalization for at least 2-3 days, intravenous antibiotics for at least 24 hours, total antibiotic usage for at least 3 days, and any other physical or clinical findings, laboratory data or surgery that suggest a severe infection.”
Unbelievably, even Planned Parenthood acknowledges the dangers of the abortion pill. In a 2012 “study” released by the abortion business, they revealed that the abortion pill failed for 1,169 women and that there were 385 serious complications reported during the study period. In other words, at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion pill daily.