States enjoy positive effects of elections

Monday, May 3, 2021
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I Vote Pro-Life (woman holding sign)Montana has become a pro-life state, and Arkansas has taken another step toward protecting the safety of women who have abortions.

Jerry Cox of the Family Council tells One News Now large abortion facilities are already regulated and inspected, but Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison (R) has signed into law SB 388, now Act 949, which regulates all abortion facilities in the state.

"The way our law has been written, an individual out here, a doctor, could do over 100 abortions every year and not be licensed, not have the clinic inspected as an abortion facility, and they could sort of be under the radar," Cox laments.


Abortion offices are different than stand-alone ambulatory surgical facilities, with the latter already required to be licensed because they are required to provide women's right-to-know information on abortion, and patients have to wait three days before terminating a pregnancy. The new law, however, prohibits abortions in hospitals unless the mother's life is in danger.

"As somebody pointed out, hospitals ought to be places that save lives, not take them," Cox notes. "So we were able to pass a law here in Arkansas that now prohibits elective abortions in hospitals as well."

All in all, the new law will allow the state department to identify and shut down any abortion clinic that is not in compliance with other state pro-life laws and regulations.

Meanwhile, Montana's legislative session is winding down to a close, and lawmakers have already passed a record number of pro-life bills.

"First of all, we're going to defund Planned Parenthood," reports Jeff Laszloffy of the Montana Family Foundation. "There's another one that would bar the use of taxpayer subsidies when it comes to abortion coverage in Obama's healthcare exchanges. There's a bill that's going to bypass the governor, actually goes straight to the people for a vote; that's the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which is an infanticide ban."

Laszloffy, Jeff (MFF)That means children who survive botched abortions would receive the same medical treatment as any other child who is born at the same stage of pregnancy.

The legislature is also creating a commission to audit cases for Medicaid-funded abortions that are allowed by Medicaid rules.

"It happened because we got a super majority in the House and the Senate back in November and our first pro-life governor in 16 years," Laszloffy explains regarding the pro-life successes. "They set out with an extremely aggressive agenda. They knew that they were going to make it happen, [and] they made it happen; they had a long list of bills that they were determined to pass, and in the end, they passed all of them."

This is proof, he says that elections do affect things, sometimes for the better.

The legislature could be sending more pro-life bills to Governor Greg Gianforte (R).

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