States on record pace to enact pro-life laws

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NASHVILLE (BP) – State governments are on pace to enact a record number of pro-life laws during a year.

Already in 2021, a total of 13 states have placed into law 61 abortion restrictions, including eight bans on the procedure, according to a report issued today (April 30) by the Guttmacher Institute. The number of laws restricting abortion far surpasses the previous record for the first four months of a year – which was 42, including six bans, in 2011, the institute reported.

During April 26-29 alone, governors in seven states signed 28 restrictions into law, the report said. Among the pro-life laws were bans of various kinds in Arizona, Idaho, Montana and Oklahoma.

Pro-life advocates welcomed the wave of pro-life measures.

“The momentum across state legislatures to enact common-sense measures that protect life is encouraging and energizing,” said Elizabeth Graham, vice president of operations and life initiatives for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). “Protecting human life is a fundamental responsibility of government, and we are eager to continue supporting these efforts in states like Oklahoma, Idaho, Montana and Arizona.

“We are grateful for the Baptist leaders and committed pro-life advocates in each of these states who worked to pass these laws and ensure the health and safety of women and children. Our prayer is that God would continue to bless this work and hasten the day when preborn children are protected in law and cherished in our culture.”

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, said the “unprecedented surge of pro-life activity” in the states “proves life is winning in America.”

The Guttmacher Institute — which supports abortion rights and formerly was a special affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for 30 years – said the flood of pro-life laws “must be taken seriously as the unprecedented threat to reproductive health care and rights that it is. The year 2021 is well on its way to being a defining one in abortion rights history.”

This year’s actions by pro-life legislatures and governors have occurred while President Biden and his administration have rolled back numerous pro-life policies implemented by the Trump administration.

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Source: Baptist Press

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