Abortion Bans States

On May 7, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signed legislation banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks before many women know they're pregnant. Georgia became the fourth state to enact the ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, a measure Louisiana is likely to pass.

There’s never been a better time to be alive than today. We’re living longer, eradicating worldwide poverty quicker, and as a nation, we’re less violent.

And we’re in the midst of a revolution — one that is laser-focused on protecting, defending and preserving the lives of the unborn. Legislators all across the country are taking a stand to protect babies targeted for execution whose only crime is living in their mother’s womb. Abortion is the greatest injustice our nation has seen since legalized slavery. And as with slavery, we are well on our way to ending it.

The Louisiana Legislature will soon pass a law, similar to ones passed in Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota, prohibiting abortions once a baby’s heartbeat is detected. A baby’s heartbeat is usually detected at around six weeks after conception, meaning abortion will be close to completely outlawed if the bills become law.

"For pro-life folks, these are huge victories," said Sue Liebel, state director for the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life advocacy group. "And I think they're indicative of the momentum and excitement and the hope that's happening with changes in the Supreme Court and having such a pro-life president."

How blind does one have to be to deny a baby with a beating heart is human? Unfortunately, heartbeat laws have yet to be enacted in any of the state’s passing them. Activist judges with no regard for the Constitution or life itself have blocked the legislation.

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Never has the U.S. Supreme Court been more wrong than when it invented the right to end the life of innocent children under the guise of a right to privacy in the Constitution. History will not remember those justices well, nor will it be kind to judges who continue to protect an abortionist’s right to end the life of a child.

In 1857, The U.S. Supreme Court also got it wrong when it ruled slaves were not and could never be citizens of the United States. In essence, the court ruled black Americans, regardless of where they lived, were believed to be nothing more than commodities.

Those in the abortion industry know, as with the waning days of legalized slavery, the end of their era is near. They know profiting from the killing of innocent children will soon be a thing of the past in America.

Diane Derzis, owner of Mississippi's sole abortion clinic, admits heartbeat legislation passed by several states represents a clear and present danger to the abortion industry.

"I think it's certainly more dire than it ever has been. They smell blood, and that's why they're doing this,” said Derzis.

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It's ironic that Derzis describes the pro-life movement as smelling blood. She makes a living in an industry that profits from the shedding of innocent blood.

Louisiana’s heartbeat law, sponsored by state Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, would go into effect only if a similar measure in Mississippi is upheld by the courts. The most likely scenario is that heartbeat laws will eventually end up argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and could end up as a costly legal battle for the state. Can you think of a better way to spend tax dollars than defending the lives of the most vulnerable among us? I can’t.

Abortions hit a 10-year low in Louisiana in 2018. That's when 8,084 babies were denied the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness when they died at the hands of an abortionist in our state. 2018 was the fourth consecutive year that the number of abortions has fallen in the state, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

While the national Democrat Party has dug its heels in the ground and taken an unflinching stand to fight for abortion in our nation, Gov. John Bel Edwards has shown courageous leadership in bucking his party. Hopefully, the governor’s unwavering stand for the unborn will inspire other Democrats to abandon their crusade for abortion.

Thanks to Edwards' leadership and others like him, we’re moving closer to a day when a mother’s womb will once again be the safest place on earth.

Email Dan Fagan at faganshow@gmail.com. Twitter: @DanFaganShow.