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Federal judge blocks Mississippi heartbeat law

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/24/19, 05:27 pm

A federal judge issued an order Friday temporarily blocking a Mississippi law that would protect unborn babies from abortion once they have a detectable heartbeat, usually at about six weeks of gestation. Opponents of the measure argued in court this week that the law would effectively stop abortion in Mississippi because many women don’t know they are pregnant until after they have passed the six-week threshold.

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Missouri enacts more protections for babies

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/24/19, 12:36 pm

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday signed into law legislation that protects unborn babies beyond the eighth week of pregnancy. Abortion providers who abort babies after eight weeks could face five to 15 years in prison under the law, which goes into effect Aug. 28. The law includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest. There is no punishment for women who seek an abortion. When asked about the lack of exceptions for rape or incest, Parson, a Republican, said that “all life has value.”

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Hearts gone cold

Life | Yes, mothers can forget their compassion
by Joel Belz
Posted 5/23/19, 02:49 pm

It was one of those once-in-a-thousand-years things—at least not supposed to happen more than once in a lifetime.

But now it had happened twice. Indeed, for the second time in 25 years, the sober question posed by the prophet Isaiah suggested an altogether ill-fitting response. “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast,” Isaiah asked, “and have no compassion on the child she has borne?”

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