Media Release 4 September 2021
Right to Life congratulates the Texas legislature for passing the pro-women Heartbeat Act. Gov Abbott signed the Act in a historic step in the battle to protect life. He said, “This bill ensures the life of every unborn child with a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion”. It is expected that this Act will save the lives of 50,000 unborn children next year in the state of Texas.
The Act came into force on 1 September, 2021 and prohibits the killing of any unborn child after a heartbeat is first detected in an ultrasound scan, at 6 weeks gestation. The Act provides no exceptions and will protect the lives of all unborn children regardless of the circumstances of conception.
“The Texas Heartbeat Act is the strongest pro-life bill passed by the Legislature since Roe v. Wade and will save thousands of lives,” said Texas Right to Life Senior Legislative Associate Rebecca Parma. “This is a historic day and now is the time to build on our momentum.”
It is expected that it will prohibit an estimated 85% of abortions in Texas. An appeal by abortion providers to the Supreme Court to stop the law being introduced was recently rejected in a 5 to 4 decision by the Court.
This is the most pro-life legislation to be passed by a state to protect the lives of the unborn since the notorious Roe v Wade decision of the Supreme Court in 1973.
Thirteen other States have passed Heartbeat Acts, with the objective of protecting their unborn children, only to have them challenged by Planned Parenthood and stopped by federal courts.
Those who are opposed to the war on women and the unborn are confident that this historic Act could lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade which allows for the killing of unborn children up to birth in the United States.
Such an overturning will result in recognition that human life begins at conception, that the unborn child is a human being and that it is endowed by its Creator with an inalienable right to life. It is expected that this could happen in early 2022 when the Supreme Court makes a decision on an appeal against a Mississippi law that prohibits the killing of a child after 15 weeks gestation.
The overturning of Roe v. Wade will impose pressure on the NZ government to overturn the extreme Abortion Legislation Act which permits the killing of unborn children up to birth and to legislate to recognise the status of the unborn child as a human being from conception and endowed by its Creator with an inalienable right to life.
The New Zealand Family Planning Association is at the forefront of the war against women and the unborn. It supports Roe v Wade that allows for the killing of the unborn throughout the whole nine months of pregnancy. It is opposed to recognising the unborn child as a human being with a right to life.
The overturning of Roe v Wade will have international repercussions for unborn children in other countries, the weakest and most defenceless members of the human family. States will be encouraged to recognise that they have a duty to protect the lives of unborn children, that it is a crime to kill an unborn child and that women should be protected from the violence of abortion. Pregnancy is not a disease and abortion is not health care.
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