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What makes pro-life legislation?

If babies can’t survive outside the womb,

should they lose their right to protection as persons?

Today, we’re starting a series of brief articles that explore some of the principles of Pro-Life Legislation that:

  • Protect the preborn,
  • Reduces and eliminates child killing, and
  • Avoids regulating an inherently evil practice.

We’re also going to contrast recent legislative filings against these pro-life principles.

The basic principles of pro-life legislation can be adopted and communicated clearly and compellingly.

Every bill that is proposed or enacted, is tested at some point against state and US Constitutions to ensure the bills and laws meet the fundamental principles outlined in the respective Constitutions.

A bill or law designed to limit free speech, when tested against the US Constitution falls apart and is either abandoned before adopted into law, or it is repealed if challenged in court or state or federal legislature.

In addition to testing bills and laws against the State and US Constitution, bills and laws concerning the practice of killing innocent preborn children in the womb – abortion – should be tested against sound Pro-Life principles.

 

PRINCIPLE:  Personhood of every American

  • Affirming “the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception until natural death.” – Ronald Reagan
  • Regardless of race, age, degree of disability, manner of conception, or circumstances surrounding a terminal illness, that:

The human rights of the preborn at an embryonic or fetal level are protected by law.

The human rights of the preborn at an embryonic or fetal level are violated when we

allow the evil and destructive practice of killing the preborn by abortion.

Dr. John Wilke wrote in his book, Abortion: Questions and Answers, wrote that:

“The ultimate prolife goal is quite direct and very simple.  Prolifers want an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to the Canadian Charter of Rights that will give equal protection under the law, to all living humans from the time their biologic life begins at fertilization until natural death.

The basis for such a goal is what we call Personhood:

the recognition by our culture and our government that each individual human life has an “unalienable” right to life from its earliest biological beginning.  This right to life extends to natural death, regardless of one’s disability, gender, race, dependency or manner of conception.  The “unalienable” right to life comes from God by virtue of the fact, that we have been created in His image and are thus imbued with a unique worth and dignity not found in the rest of creation.”

- Personhood: A Pragmatic Guide to Prolife Victory in the 21st Century and the Return to First Principles in Politics

 

PERSONHOOD TEST

 

Senate Bill 124   |   ABORTION PROCEDURES; CHILD SURRENDER

Senator Cathy Giessel

Pre-filed January 8, 2018

House Bill 266   |   ABORTION PROCEDURES; CHILD SURRENDER

Representative Cathy Tilton

Pre-filed January 8, 2018

 

Let’s look at SB 124 / HB 266, a bill that regulates:

“…the duties of physicians and health care practitioners when performing or inducing abortions; providing that a child removed from a pregnant woman’s womb alive after an abortion may be surrendered and found to be a child in need of aid…”

 

So here we see that SB 124 / HB 266 protect a baby that survives a doctor’s attempt to kill her by requiring her would be killers to provide reasonable medical care and preserve her life now that she is living outside of the womb she was just ripped out of.

Key Point

  1. Who does this bill protect?
    1. Babies that survive the abortion a procedure that was performed for the sole purpose of killing them.
    2. Babies that are old enough to survive outside of the womb with the same “reasonably diligent” care necessary to “preserve the life and health of the child,” that is “born alive at the same fetal age in the course of a natural birth.”

Here’s the text of the bill:

“(k) When a physician performs or induces an abortion in the state, the physician shall use the method of terminating the pregnancy that provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive after the child is removed from the pregnant woman’s womb if, in the physician’s clinical judgment, the method of terminating the pregnancy does not present a serious risk to the life or health of the pregnant woman.”

 

“(l) If the unborn child is removed from the pregnant woman’s womb alive under (k) of this section, any health care practitioner present shall exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to a child born alive at the same fetal age in the course of a natural birth.”

 

Notice the highlighted words in the text of the bill:

When a physician performs or induces an abortion

If the unborn child is removed from the pregnant woman’s womb alive

any health care practitioner present shall

preserve the life and health of the child

child born alive at the same fetal age [as] in the course of a natural birth.”

 

Did babies that can’t survive outside the womb

just lose their right to protection as persons?

Did I read that right?  By excluding babies that can’t survive outside the womb, does SB 124 / HB 266, actually dehumanize those babies?

 

Remember what we saw earlier regarding The PERSONHOOD of the preborn:

the recognition by our culture and our government that each individual human life has an “unalienable” right to life from its earliest biological beginning.  This right to life extends to natural death, regardless of one’s disability, gender, race, dependency or manner of conception.  The “unalienable” right to life comes from God by virtue of the fact, that we have been created in His image and are thus imbued with a unique worth and dignity not found in the rest of creation.”

SB 124 and HB 266 directly and immediately undermine the PERSONHOOD of the preborn.  Alaska Right To Life is urging Representative Tilton and Senator Giessel to eliminate and correct any language that undermines the PERSONHOOD of the preborn and conform to other Pro-Life Principles that we haven’t yet covered today.

Considerations For ALL

  1. How will this bill reduce or eliminate child killing in Alaska?
  2. By protecting babies that survive botched abortions, how will this bill reduce or eliminate child killing in Alaska?  Yes, this nuanced question is relevant and necessary.
  3. How do I feel about a bill that regulates child killing?
  4. Nationally, 98.7% of babies murdered in the womb wouldn’t survive outside of the womb.
  5. How do I feel about a bill that actually removes the right to protection as persons from babies that can’t yet survive outside the womb – nearly 99%?
  6. While we don’t know what the future holds, less than .08% of the babies killed in Alaska’s abortion mills are old enough to survive outside of the womb.
  7. Should a law that diminishes or even eliminates legal protections for 99% of all babies murdered in the womb be pursued for the sake of fewer than 1/10th of a percent of those who are killed?

What can you do?

  • Contact Senator Giessel
    • Juneau:  (907) 465-4843
    • Anchorage:  (907) 269-0181
    • Email:  Senator.Cathy.Giessel@akleg.gov
  • Contact Representative Tilton
    • Juneau:  (907) 465-2199
    • Anchorage:  (907) 373-6298
    • Email:  Representative.Cathy.Tilton@akleg.gov

Please remember, Representative Tilton and Senator Giessel need our help in crafting legislation that protects ALL life, from conception to natural death, while avoiding the pitfalls surrounding regulating the inherently evil practice of killing innocent preborn babies.

 

In all the emotion, injustice, pain, suffering and difficulty surrounding our state’s laws promoting and protecting the practice of killing innocent preborn children, God has commanded to confront this evil practice, and to do so in a way that honors Him.  Our comments and criticisms should be rooted in mutual respect, truth, facts, and charity.

Alaska Right To Life Recommendation

In its current state, Alaska Right To Life recommends Representative Tilton and Senator Giessel immediately removing the bill from consideration until changes can be made that neither threatens the rights of innocent preborn children, nor regulates the inherently evil practice of killing innocent preborn babies, and thus protects ALL human life from conception to natural death.

For LIFE,

Pat

Patrick Martin
Alaska Right To Life
(907) 232-2211
PatMartin@AlaskaRightToLife.org

 

 

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