Last week we had a meaningful hearing on the main pro-life bill in my Children and Families Committee. This is nearly the same bill that easily passed through the House the last two years. However, both years the Senate allowed it to languish until the last week where it never went to a vote in 2008 and was grossly distorted by a perverse compromise in 2009. We expect this to pass the House again with the same veto-proof majority it has enjoyed in the House for the last two years.
Many pro-life bills focus on clinic regulations for the unborn child. This bill is different because it centers on how we can help women. The new safeguards added to our laws help women by making sure they have all the necessary information to enforce their choices. Women who are in a vulnerable position deserve access to all the relevant facts because an abortion is permanent and irreversible. This is especially important for thosw this is not right. That's why nearly 62 percent of all women who get abortions later have regrets, according to the Elliot Institute. (link here)
A witness testified of a woman who said moments after her abortion, "This is the worst day of my life." Even those who are pro-abortion should not want women to suffer this type of severe emotional trauma. If this woman had been properly screened and satisfied with her choice, she would not feel that way. While the US Supreme Court may have hampered our states' ability to pass legislation that protects the innocent, there is so much more we who are being pressured to get an abortion by those who ought to be supporting them and may be selfishly motivated by trying to avoid paying child support for the next 21 years.
Abortion is an act of violence that always leaves one person lifeless and can be particularly harmful to a woman's conscience. While some would like to deny this, deep down in their souls, most women kno
e can accomplish to offer real help to women who need emotional and material support.
Another highlight of the hearing happened when the committee discussed comparisons with dental offices. Our dental offices usually will not so much as fill a cavity without the dentist seeing the patient first and explaining what he will do. The patient usually makes an appointment for a week or two later, though a filling is far less invasive, less expensive and more reversible than an abortion. A committee member argued that, in her dental office the hygienist informed the patients when they have cavities and then the dentist comes in and fills it immediately. Perhaps, she was describing how she would like the abortion industry to operate, but I would like to thank her for making my point for me. In Missouri, we only allow the woman one day to ponder all that information on a decision she will carry with her for eternity.
These are a few of the goals included in this bill:
1.) It allows the women to view the ultrasound. The abortion clinics tell us they routinely do the ultrasounds, but with the new law, women will be allowed to see their unborn child as the technician sees him or her.
2.) It prohibits boyfriends, parents, family members, employers, etc. from coercing, threatening or poisoning the pregnant women.
3.) It provides a consultation with the abortionist one day before the surgery so that she can have all her questions and concerns answered by the person who understands her medical history.
4.) It allows the local county prosecutor to have information about potential victims of rape and incest in time for fetal tissue samples to be collected.
Some interesting side notes: I enjoy working with Representative Bryan Pratt to shepherd the bill through the House. He and I are from opposite ends of the state, but together we are bringing forth the very best elements of momentum and logic. With his legal prowess and my efforts to explain women's issues with influence, we have a wonderful opportunity to make "The Show Me State" the model to "Show other States" how to empower women to make healthy life-choices.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Cynthia Davis explains pro-life bill
In her latest capitol report, Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O'Fallon, updates constituents on her pro-life legislation: