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Arkansas: The Pro Life State – Another Pro-Life Victory!

http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/03/10/arkansas-the-pro-life-state-another-pro-life-victory/   Sun, 10 Mar 2013 18:55:35 +0000  joandarc

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Senator Jason Rapert, R-Conway, Arkansas, drafted the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, SB134, known now as Act 301 of 2013.  Senator Rapert’s legistlation requires a woman seeking an abortion 12 weeks or later into a pregnancy, to undergo an abdominal ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat.  If a heartbeat is detected, then the fetus is viable and the abortion is prohibited.  However, this legislation includes exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, medical emergencies and fetal anomalies that would prohibit the child to live after birth.  It also provides that if a doctor is found guilty of violating this law, that the doctor would lose his/her medical license.

The House voted 68-20 in favor of the bill and the Senate voted 26-8 in favor of the bill.  Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat, vetoed the bill stating in a letter that it “would blatantly violate the United States Constitution.”  In spite of his veto, last week the House and Senate overrode the gubernatorial veto.  This law takes effect 90 days after the end of this legislative session, either in late March or early April of 2013.  The Arkansas Legislature also overrode Governor Beebe’s veto on The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, HB1037, sponsored by Rep. Andy Mayberry of Hensley, Arkansas, which also became law in Arkansas on February 28, 2013.  This law precludes abortions at 20 weeks, the point at which a fetus is capable of feeling pain.

Has the Governor forgotten that the substance of the United States Constitution and its very purpose provides to protect the lives, liberty and pursuit of happiness of humankind?  Accordingly, since the fetus is a real child, a human being, that life is protected by this legislation.  How, then could it be unconstitutional?  The Governor’s interpretation of the Constitution lacks merit, since the object of the legislation is to protect life, especially for the unborn, the most vulnerable, who have no voice of their own.

Senator Rapert indicated that people are speaking to him about this legislation all across the country, that he has been flooded with e-mail communications and telephonic communications as well, in support of this law.  Nevertheless, he has also received disparaging communications, including threats.

The ACLU indicated that this law is the most restrictive law in the country, expecting and predicting that the law will be challenged in the courts.  Gov. Beebe is also concerned about the cost of defending these challenges, which concern also contributed to his decision to veto the bill.  I say that this is a very poor reason not to protect the life of a little baby, an innocent human being, who deserves to have his or her life protected.

In any event, congratulations to the Legislature of the State of Arkansas for its bold and courageous preservation of the unborn human being who deserves life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!  We have seen how Republicans and Democrats can work together for goodness!  We thank Senator Jason Rapert for his bravery, determination and clarity; he is a true American hero, deserving of our admiration, continued support and prayers!

Thanks be to God!

~Joan

Update (May 17, 2013):

Susan Webber WrightToday, a federal judge, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright, granted a request to temporarily block enforcement of the new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. The request was a motion for preliminary injunction in a lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights brought on behalf of two Little Rock abortion providers. (Source)

Wright first came to national attention when she dismissed the sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Paula Jones against President Bill Clinton in 1998. Wikipedia describes her as a “conservative Republican.”

~Eowyn

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this update.  In the “Times Record” on Saturday, Judge Wright is quoted as follows:

“What we are doing is a balance between a due process right of a pregnant woman to have an abortion before her fetus is viable and the right of the state to protect the lives of the unborn.”  Judge Wright further stated that she does “not disagree with those of you who think abortions should be rare.”  She indicated that she did not think some provisions of the new law – requiring  a doctor to determine at 12 weeks whether the fetus has a heartbeat, informing the mother of that heartbeat and telling her of the statistical probability of carrying the fetus to full term  were unconstitutional.

Joan

 

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Pro-Life Victories in Arkansas!

http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/02/28/pro-life-victories-in-arkansas/   Fri, 01 Mar 2013 01:10:22 +0000  joandarc

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An unborn baby at 20 weeks (Source)

A great American and hero in the Arkansas State Legislature, Rep. Andy Mayberry, of Hensley, introduced into the Arkansas State Legislature, “The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” HB 1037, which became law in Arkansas on February 28, 2013.

This new law in part would ban abortions at 20 weeks, the point at which the bill claims a fetus is capable of feeling pain.  Nevertheless, this bill did not become law without opposition from Arkansas’ Democratic Governor Mike Beebe, who vetoed this bill on Tuesday, February 26th, claiming that this bill was contrary to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, and further justifying his decision because he didn’t want the state of Arkansas to pay the cost of defending this measure.

The bill had been passed by the Republican legislature garnering the support of many Democrats.  However, yesterday, February 27th, the House voted 53-28 to reaffirm the bill, and today, February 28th, the Senate voted 19-14 to reaffirm the bill, and combined, these overrode Beebe’s veto, making the bill, law, thus satisfying the simple majority vote requirement in both chambers.

Unfortunately, this law provides exceptions in cases of rape, incest and pregnancies that endanger the mother’s life or could cause irreversible physical impairments; but, it does not provide for any exemption for fetal disorders or abnormalities.  I believe that babies are babies no matter what the situation of their conception and that how that pregnancy came about still does not affect the fact that the baby is a child, a live infant person, who is guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness under the United States Constitution.

However, it is still a great victory for Life against the abortion industry/mill.  Rep. Mayberry told the Associated Press that this law was patterned after the law in the State of Nebraska which has not been challenged as yet, further citing justification as a result of the advancements in pre-natal science which provide new evidence and definitions of “viability”.

The States of Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama have also enacted the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and/or similar legislation protecting the unborn.  Rep. Mayberry speaking on the House Floor Wednesday, called HB1037 “a bill that saves babies’ lives.  These are babies who are capable of feeling pain.  The methods used to abort those pregnancies are excruciatingly painful.”

Additionally, another bill is still pending entitled, “The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act,” SB 134, introduced by another great American hero, Arkansas Republican Senator Jason Rapert, from Conway, which has also garnered support in the Republican-majority legislature which most probably will be presented to the Governor in the very near future.  If this bill becomes law, it would ban abortions once a heartbeat was detected, requiring a woman seeking an abortion at 12 weeks of gestation or later to undergo an abdominal ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat, and it would prohibit an abortion if a heartbeat is detected, but adds an exception in the case of a fetal anomaly that would not allow the child to live after birth.  More information will be provided on this bill and our prayers are warranted for its passage as well.

Finally, Governor Beebe did sign into law last Tuesday, February 26th, the “Pregnant Woman’s Protection Act” which insures that a pregnant woman and her unborn child are protected from unlawful criminal violence and that a woman’s decision to carry her child to term be respected.  According to Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. and President & CEO of Americans United for Life, “A pregnant woman is more likely to be a victim of homicide than to die of any other cause,” and that “criminal investigations across the nation demonstrate that husbands or boyfriends are oftentimes perpetrators of pregnancy-associated violence and that this violence is often intended to end or jeopardize the pregnancy.”  Dr. Yoest further provides that “Studies have shown that violence and abuse are often higher during pregnancy than during any period in a woman’s lifetime.”

Accordingly, we should appreciate these victories!  I am praying that the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act becomes law as well!

Joan

 

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