Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Abortion and Prolife 2019
January 22, 2019 An Iowa state judge ruled the state's "heartbeat" law was unconstitutional (CNN). In New York, the governor signed a bill allowing women to get an abortion after 24 weeks if their life or health is threatened by the pregnancy. Also, a woman can have an abortion at any time if the fetus is not viable. (TheHill).
Some efforts to pass "heartbeat" bills have been created or passed in the USA. On 27 December, 2018, Governor John Kasich of Ohio vetoed a heartbeat bill. The State senate came close but failed to override the veto.
The "heartbeat" bills refer to banning abortions after a heartbeat is detected. Currently, fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy (USnews).
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported a decrease in abortions by 24% according to USnews.
In a summary of access to abortion in America, CNN reported 400 restrictions in various states since 2010.
Gallup polling from the summer of 2018 found nearly two-thirds of Americans want Roe v. Wade to stand (Brenan, 2018).
Polish leaders are working to make abortion illegal according to Roache in FP (2019).
Irish doctors will soon provide the first legal abortions in 2019. Only 162 physicians have signed up as providers. (Guardian, 2019).
Fetal rights and personhood debates are ongoing. A recent (December, 2018) NYT opinion looks at the issues.
Is abortion a leading cause of death? Snopes (2019) looks at the data and finds a higher frequency of abortions than reported but notes the problem with stories that fail to consider that death is a term that applies to people. When life begins and when a fetus is a person is a constant battle in some nations like the USA. The debate has many nuances and is worth reading to learn how people argue.
Learn more about Christianity and Abortion along with other sex-linked morality issues in A House Divided: Sexuality, Morality, and Christian Cultures available from PICKWICK with FREE copies to professors and book reviewers.