Lawmakers in the state of Mississippi have passed what will be the most pro-life law in the entire country.
The Gestational Age Act, which passed through the House on Thursday, “would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks gestation, except in a medical emergency and in cases of severe fetal abnormality.”
The Republican Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant has indicated he will sign the bill into law saying on Twitter:
“As I have repeatedly said, I want Mississippi to be the safest place in America for an unborn child. House Bill 1510 will help us achieve that goal.”
For the many pro-life Canadians who often find themselves discouraged by the complete lack of restrictions on abortions here in Canada, this legislation serves as a sign of hope that North American legislators are waking up to the horrific reality of abortion.
Noted pro-life activist and director of the Canadian Centre For Bioethical Reform Jonathan Van Maren certainly thought so saying:
“This new legislation comes on the heels of a pro-life bill in South Dakota that requires abortionists to inform women that abortion kills a human being and legislation in Iowa banning abortion after the baby’s heart begins beating. In light of the enormous and growing body of scientific evidence that shows us the human being in the womb, legislators are responding with science-based legislation. I think we will see this trend continue.”
Fellow pro-lifer Scott Hayward, co-founder of the pro-life group Right Now, echoed Van Maren’s sentiments stating:
“These pieces of pro-life legislation at the state level in the United States provide a clear road-map for legislation that we’d like to see introduced and passed at the provincial level here in Canada. This emboldens us to continue to work with pro-life candidates, and get them elected so that they can pass some common-sense, effective provincial pro-life legislation here in Canada.”
Interestingly enough, as explained in greater detail here, many European countries actually have far more restrictive abortion laws than North America.
Countries like Ireland and Poland still ban abortion outright (apart from a few special circumstances) while the Netherlands and Germany have mandatory counseling and wait times before first trimester abortions can be received.
Canada, along with only 3 other countries, has zero legal restrictions on abortions.
Yup, you read that right, no restrictions whatsoever. Not even in the third trimester when the baby has a brain, a beating heart and can feel pain.
Of course, most abortions do not happen this late in the pregnancy and many doctors will refuse to end the life of the unborn child at that late point.
However, it is still possible.
In December 2016, a woman in Montreal requested to have her 30-week old child aborted at McGill University Health Centre because she was concerned about its fetal abnormalities. McGill refused her request on ethical grounds but she was still able to have the abortion at another facility in Quebec.
It’s a sad reality that today, in a country like Canada which prides itself on upholding and promoting human rights for all, a woman could still have her 30-week old child aborted.
Now you may be wondering what other countries have no restrictions? Maybe they’re just as “progressive” as we are here in Canada and the rest of the world just needs to get there act together and catch up.
Sorry (not sorry) to dash your hopes.
Those 3 other countries? China, Vietnam and North Korea. Not exactly countries with sterling human rights records.
Canadians, particularly legislators and lawmakers, would do well to seriously consider if this is the company they want to keep.
I think the 100,000 pre-born Canadians killed every year would beg to differ.