Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Limits Protect the Unborn

USA Today | Editorials

Should public policy seek to increase or decrease the number of abortions? No matter what you think about abortion and when it should be legal, the answer is obvious.

OUR VIEW: A banner year to marginalize a woman's right to choose

By Mary Spaulding Balch, National Right to Life

OPPOSING VIEW: Every abortion stops a heart that begins beating 22 days after fertilization. Brain waves are detectable in the sixth week, and in the seventh week an unborn child has been observed kicking and swimming. Every organ is in place by the eighth week, when the child begins to respond to touch. By 20 weeks, an unborn child reacts to being pierced by a needle with vigorous body and breathing movements, moving away and showing an increase in stress hormones.

USA TODAY's editorial on laws limiting abortions curiously fails to focus on Nebraska's ground-breaking 2010 statute, versions of which are being considered in several states this year. Asserting "a compelling state interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain," the law prevents abortions from 20 weeks. In a 2000 Supreme Court dissent, Justice Anthony Kennedy described the "D&E" abortion procedure used at this stage: "The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb."

We believe that when women are informed about unborn development and abortion alternatives, rather than just whatever they may be told by abortion providers, they're more likely to choose life. Read more