Abortion supporters are freaking out today as a new Heartbeat Law goes into effect in Texas. The law prohibits abortion after a preborn baby’s heartbeat is able to be detected, which is roughly three weeks after fertilization. It also, uniquely, empowers citizens to act when the law is broken – as a result, it has been hard for corporate abortion to stop it in court as there are no state officials to sue.
Planned Parenthood, pro-abortion celebrities, and others are in full swing with “the sky is falling” routine. This type of legislation has been so controversial that all of Hollywood attempted to shut down the state of Georgia, where many film and TV productions take place, for daring to consider it (although they were very silent on the forced abortions and genocide of the Chinese government against the Uighurs in a region in which Hollywood also loved to use for their productions or other nation’s with known track records of human rights violations).
But is this law really so radical?
Nope. KFF, a notably liberal healthcare analysis entity, reported that half of Americans support limiting abortion after a baby’s heartbeat is able to be heard via ultrasound or doppler. HALF of Americans is not at all insignificant.
Students for Life’s own polling has found that 7 of 10 Millennials support limits on abortion through specific policies like parental notification, limiting abortions later in pregnancy like at 5 months of pregnancy, and opposition to government funding of abortion.
As Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern noted, the bill is essentially designed to act as an “Escher staircase” for abortion groups who want to challenge the law in court.
“Typically, when a state restricts abortion, providers file a lawsuit in federal court against the state officials responsible for enforcing the new law. Here, however, there are no such officials: The law is enforced by individual anti-abortion activists. There’s no specific defendant to enjoin from enforcing the law.”
There’s a major aspect here that is constantly (and conveniently) disregarded every time a pro-life law is passed. This law is what Texans wanted. They voted for pro-life legislators (including a governor) in their state, and those pro-life legislators passed a pro-life law. We have found that 65% of Millennials support the right to vote on abortion-related policy. That is EXACTLY what happened here.
That’s a stark contrast to Roe v. Wade which was decided by 7 unelected men and forced upon the entire nation, effectively silencing the voice of every American. This is why we believe the future is anti-abortion. Because when we get a chance to vote, pro-life things happen.