Summer of (true) love

Monday, July 15, 2013
Nate Kellum - Guest Columnist

Nate KellumThe wave of pro-life victories this summer may prove to be the turning point in the war against abortion.

Back in 1967, a huge contingent of self-identified hippies gathered in San Francisco and other major cities for a social phenomenon known as the “Summer of Love.”  The event sparked a major cultural shift in our country, advancing free love; that is, the concept of having sexual relations without responsibility.  This mindset led directly to – and depended heavily on – social acceptance of abortion, the mechanism that facilitates this free love.

Fast forward to present day, some 46 years and well over 56 million deaths from abortion later, and our society is starting to figure out that “free love” is not what it was billed to be.  With the number of infants killed by abortionists exceeding the population of every state in the union, along with the well-documented harms sustained by women often duped or coerced into the procedure, abortion is not free and hardy represents love.

As a showing of true love, late Friday night, the Texas Senate passed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, as well as requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and raising standards for abortion clinics to match outpatient surgery centers.

Governor Rick Perry plans to sign the bill into law, saying "Today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life. This legislation builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect women's health. I am proud of our lawmakers and citizens who tirelessly defended our smallest and most vulnerable Texans and future Texans.”

Though the mainstream media lauded the efforts of pro-abortion activists opposing it, like State Senator Wendy Davis who led a filibuster of the bill, this law is a product of the populace.  According to a recent poll conducted by left-leaning Huffington Post, “By a margin of 59 percent to 30 percent, respondents to the new poll said they would favor a federal law banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.”

The Texas law represents a heartening summer trend:

  • In North Carolina, a related bill was also passed last week, requiring abortion clinics to meet similar standards to ambulatory surgery centers. Governor Pat McCrory is expected to sign that bill into law.
  • Raising standards for abortion clinics is likewise the purpose of a bill passed unanimously by the Delaware legislature. If signed into law, the bill would require abortion centers to be accredited by independent, state-approved sources, and would also allow employees to report any health violations.
  • A few weeks ago, in the liberal state of New York, a bill pushed by Governor Cuomo assuring the availability of late-term abortions lost traction and died in committee.  
  • And, last Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously to uphold the state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act, which was passed in 1995, but was never enforced due to legal challenges. In a matter of days, the parents of any child under 18 seeking an abortion will be notified.

Fast forward again, this time 100 years from now, when children in school are aghast to learn our nation once sanctioned the execution of babies in the womb.  Perhaps, teachers will point out the summer of 2013 – known as the summer of true love – as the moment the tide turned in favor of life.

Nate Kellum is chief counsel for the Center for Religious Expression (Memphis, TN), a legal entity dedicated entirely to the protection of religious speech. He also serves as general counsel for a pregnancy-help medical clinic in Memphis.

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