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Victory Day

May 3, 2011

You probably thought i was going to post something about the Canadian federal election, didn’t you? I am relieved that finally the Conservatives do have a majority government, but that really is not the reason for this post.

There have been a number of significant happenings that have occured in different states south of the border, in regards to some victories in the area of abortion and the pro-life movement. These stories came across my desk, and so i’d like to share them with you here:

– Florida–The Legislature is considering a bill that would provide a woman with an ultrasound and information about her preborn baby before an abortion. The state is also considering a ballot measure that would prohibit public funding of abortion in health care, and legislation to restrict late-term abortions and strengthen parental consent laws. Gov. Rick Scott is strongly pro-life and we expect him to sign these bills into law if they make it to his desk.
– Idaho–Idaho’s Legislature has passed several life-protecting bills including: the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; a bill that would ban physician-assisted suicide; and another that would restrict taxpayer funding of abortion. These bills are now on Gov. “Butch” Otter’s desk for signature and we believe he will sign them into law.
– Kansas–The state House and Senate have passed a fetal pain bill as well as a bill that requires accurate reporting of abortions. The bills are now waiting for Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature. He has expressed strong support for both bills.
– New Hampshire–The state House has already passed a parental notification bill that would require a parent be informed before their minor daughter has an abortion, thus helping ensure parents are involved in their daughter’s life during such an important decision. The bill awaits a vote in the state Senate, and while we’re fairly confident the bill has a veto-proof majority in both chambers, we’ll be watching it closely.
– Texas–Gov. Rick Perry has indicated he’s ready to sign a bill that will provide a woman with an ultrasound and description of her preborn baby before she makes the life-altering decision about having an abortion.
– Virginia–Gov. Bob McDonnell just signed into law a bill that requires abortion clinics to meet the medical standards already in place for ambulatory care centers.

Even more to cheer about

Arizona is celebrating two pro-life victories this week. Last week, at a dinner hosted by the Center for Arizona Policy, Gov. Jan Brewer signed a key piece of legislation that protects women by ensuring that they have the opportunity to see an ultrasound image of their baby before an abortion. It also bans “tele-med” abortions in which an abortionist consults with a woman over webcam. From his distant location, the abortionist then uses a remote control to open a drawer at the woman’s location containing the abortion pill RU-486.

Gov. Brewer also signed a bill that will prohibit abortion on the basis of the preborn baby’s gender or race. This first-in-the-nation law protecting the preborn based on both gender and race is a preemptive measure to prevent the selective abortions that have become prevalent overseas.

As you can see, there are many state pro-life victories around the country to be thankful for. But we must also remain vigilant–particularly as it concerns pro-life legislation moving at the federal level.

Jesus we plead your blood over our sins and the sins of this nation. God end abortion and send revival to North America. Amen.

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