LTRP Note: The words “fetal” or “fetus” are terms given to real babies who have not yet been born, as a way to minimize the reality that what is growing in a mother’s womb is actually a human being. The accepting attitude about abortion is not only with those in the world; proclaiming Christians are often changing their views too, as was witnessed in a recent Calvary Chapel radio program with CC founder Chuck Smith. Pray that Christian leaders would become courageous to stand for what is right.
TOPEKA, Kan. (BP)–The movement to prohibit late-term abortions based on “fetal pain” continues to grow, with Kansas and Idaho now on the list and Oklahoma likely not far behind.
Nebraska was the first to adopt such a bill, which prohibits abortions on unborn children who are able to feel pain. Kansas became the second state April 12 with such a law when Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, signed a bill banning abortions after 21 weeks of gestation based on evidence a baby in the womb experiences pain at that point. Idaho became the third state April 13 when Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter, a Republican, signed a bill prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.
A similar bill is on the desk of Oklahoma’s governor, who is expected to sign it, bringing the number of states with such a bill to four. The pain-capable model sets the benchmark earlier than one based on fetal viability, which can be 22 to 24 weeks. Nebraska’s landmark law has yet to be challenged in court. Click here to continue.