Pro-life bills in state legislatures across the country continue to make headway.
Idaho’s legislature is considering a bill that would require informed consent for abortions to include information about the reversal process for chemical abortions. The state Senate passed it 29-6, and the House State Affairs committee scheduled a hearing for the bill Wednesday.
The Iowa Senate approved a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, just a few weeks into pregnancy. Abortionists who violate the law could face felony charges, but women seeking an abortion would not face penalties.
Florida’s House passed a dismemberment abortion ban with a 72-42 vote last week, sending the bill to the Senate. Under the measure, abortionists would have to stop the baby’s heart before removing the body from the womb piece by piece. The bill would make dismemberment abortion a felony for abortionists but not for women. “Let us remind ourselves of our humanity and make sure we do not tear a child apart in the womb just because they cannot articulate their pain,” state Rep. Erin Grall said.
Amid the legislative wins, pro-lifers suffered one setback this year: U.S. District Judge David Ezra ruled in late January to keep an injunction against a new Texas law requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains. —S.G.