May 08, 2019
Some of them had waited their entire careers for that moment. State Senator Renee Unterman (R) couldn't help the emotions that welled up inside, watching new Governor Brian Kemp (R) sign a bill she personally pushed through the Georgia chamber. Knowing that her state would take such a big step to stop abortion was the "culmination," she said, of everything she'd been working for her whole life.
And the former nurse wasn't the only one who was beside herself at what Georgia just accomplished. Governor Kemp, who fought hard for the right to sign the LIFE Act, was the proudest of them all, telling a jam-packed room that he would never back down. "We protect the innocent. We champion the vulnerable. We stand up and speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves." This law, he said, "is very simple but also very powerful -- a declaration that all life has value, that all life matters, and that all life is worthy of protection." Some people may not agree with that, he admitted. "I realize that some may challenge it in the court of law. But our job is to do what is right, not what is easy. We are called to be strong and courageous, and we will not back down. We will always continue to fight for life."
FRC's Dean Nelson was there too, telling us how proud he was to stand with Governor Kemp. "The years of hard work from pastors, community leaders, and pro-life doctors has been critical to help legislators get this kind of bill into law," he said. "It was great to see such a diverse coalition of faith-based leaders join Senator Unterman, Rep. Ed Setzler, and Governor Kemp. I was particularly happy to stand with Dr. Alveda King, minister and civil rights leader who supported the effort."
While the rest of the country watched, Georgia became one of a wave of states committed to limiting abortion to the first trimester. Under this law, a baby couldn't be aborted once doctors detect a heartbeat. And while Democrats in Washington drone on obliviously about the unpopularity of pro-life bills, the states aren't exactly proving their point. Even state Democratic leaders are making it tough on the party to keep their people in line.
As the Washington Times points out, there's a lot more division on the issue than the DNC would like to admit -- especially in the party's minority wing. When North Carolina voted to override liberal Governor Roy Cooper's veto of the born-alive legislation, Republicans needed Democrats' help. They got it -- in the form of African-American leaders. "The six Democratic legislators who broke ranks last month to join the GOP in passing an infanticide bill all had something in common," Valerie Richardson wrote, "none was white."
The same thing, she explains, has happened all across the country in states where the abortion debate is raging. "In New Mexico, for example, Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was rocked by a tough defeat in March after eight Senate Democrats voted against a bill to expand abortion access. Six of the senators were Hispanic."
"In Nevada, the pro-choice Trust Nevada Women Act was approved last week by the state Senate on a 12-9 vote, despite two Democratic defections. One came from state Sen. Moises Denis, a pro-life Democrat whose parents immigrated from Cuba… The other 'no' vote was cast by Democratic state Sen. Marcia Washington, who is black, and had no qualms defying her fellow Democrats on the bill, aimed at 'decriminalizing' abortion by removing, for example, a requirement for doctors to perform the procedures."
"'I voted that way because I don't believe in any form of abortion!' said Ms. Washington in an email."
Richardson paints a pretty compelling story about the problem Democrats have on their hands -- especially as Hill liberals keep hammering home their brutal birth day abortion agenda. Of course, she writes, "non-white Democrats are still more likely to support such bills than oppose them." But this does expose some important vulnerabilities for Pelosi's party heading into elections where 82 percent of Americans will still be horrified at her stance on infanticide.
Elsewhere, pro-life bills like Georgia's keep gaining steam -- in part because of this Democratic undercurrent. In my home state of Louisiana, a pro-life constitutional amendment made its way out of a Senate committee to the full chamber for a vote. At the same time, Michigan's ban on ripping babies apart in the womb, otherwise known as dismemberment abortion, passed out of the Judiciary Committee for a full House vote next week. On a busy Tuesday, Texas and Wisconsin also held hearings on bills that would stop doctors from killing babies born-alive.
If you want to show Nancy Pelosi just how out of touch her Hill liberals are, send her a newborn baby hat! Join the tens of thousands of pro-lifers across the country who want Congress's extremists to know -- they don't speak for us!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.