Encouraging Update on State Legislation
By Dave Andrusko
be difficult not to be excited when (for starters) Oklahoma has
passed a comprehensive abortion-reporting bill which also prohibits
sex-selection abortions and Nebraska now has arguably the strongest,
most effective ultrasound measure in the nation. But NRLC State
Legislative Director Mary Spaulding Balch took special pleasure in
a reason pro-abortionists loathe this kind of legislation,” she
said. “Everything they do is intended to cloak the humanity of the
unborn child and mislead the child’s mother about what she is doing
and to whom.” These laws “open a window on the truth and a window on
Noteworthy as well is that Oklahoma also passed a ban on all cloning
of human embryos, whether for “research” or reproductive purposes.
provisions of Oklahoma’s HB 1595 is a ban on sex-selection abortion,
in addition to meaningful reporting requirements.
are some other states that have very helpful reporting requirements,
but Oklahoma’s are probably the most comprehensive,” Balch said.
“For example, we will know whether Oklahoma’s already existing
informed consent provisions are being enforced and what the grounds
are when a judge gives a girl a bypass” (which means she does not
have to inform her parent(s) of her intentions).
in Nebraska, Balch said. The unofficial title given to the new
law—“The Mother’s Right to See Her Unborn Child Ultrasound
bill”—says it all. Under the Nebraska law abortionists who use
ultrasound (virtually all do) would be required to position the
screen in a way that the mother can easily see it and inform her
that she can see the image of her unborn child, if she so chooses.
young girls and women are ambivalent when they come to an abortion
clinic,” Balch said. “If they have a realistic opportunity to see
the humanity of their unborn child, many will choose to carry their
baby to term.”
states have completed their legislative sessions for the year. Among
other victories was a state ban on partial-birth abortion passed by
Arkansas, modeled on the federal law which was upheld by the Supreme
passed an anti-coercion law that requires abortion clinics to post a
sign telling women that they cannot be forced into having an
abortion and explaining where they can get help. Georgia passed an
embryo adoption bill. This will increase the likelihood that a woman
who may be contemplating freezing an embryo she has decided not to
implant knows that there are loving couples who would adopt the
embryo and carry him or her to term.
said that New York is on the verge of passing a bill which contains
protective provisions that will significantly ensure the right of
New Yorkers to be free from involuntary denial of life-sustaining
medical treatment, food, and fluids. If a patient has chosen
life-sustaining treatment that is not physiologically futile—but a
health care provider is unwilling to provide it—the law would
require that the patient must be allowed to transfer to a willing
provider and be given the treatment until the transfer can be