May 14, 2019
Think late-term abortion is a slam dunk in deep blue New England? Think again. Liberals have the fight of the decade on their hands in states like Rhode Island, where a single vote could decide the fate of bills as radical as New York's. In a party that's pushing the envelope of extremism, more than 85 Democratic state legislators have voted for legislation to protect life this year alone. And the Ocean State might just make it 86.
Late Monday night, Democratic State Senator Stephen Archambault (D) may have just thrown his entire party's agenda in jeopardy with this announcement: "While I am pro-choice, I do believe in reasonable restrictions on abortions, once a pregnancy moves beyond viability. Simply put, viability means when a fetus is so close to fully formed that it is likely to be able to survive outside the womb -- if born. Reasonable restrictions are permissible under Roe v. Wade as currently interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court."
Contrary to the Left's claims, he argues, "S152A... goes well beyond codifying Roe v. Wade and wipes out laws on the books that are clearly permissible under Roe v. Wade as currently interpreted, without replacing them with any new safeguards. I cannot support post-viability abortions that are based on undefined 'health' reasons and would permit very late term, up to date of birth, abortions. It simply goes too far."
As it does for most Democrats. Eighty-two percent of Americans -- including 77 percent of "pro-choicers" feel exactly like Archambault -- that liberals are stepping into dangerous new territory. As FRC's Matt Carpenter points out in Christian Post, state Democrats are voting against extremism and for measures to protect infants born alive, ban abortion once a baby in the womb has a detectable heartbeat, outlaw abortion when science shows that babies can feel pain, ban the gruesome dismemberment abortion procedure, and amend a state constitution to clarify there is no right to an abortion or taxpayer funding of abortion.
"Despite immense pressure from the abortion industry and party leadership," Matt writes, "these Democrats [are voting] their consciences -- and should be commended for doing so... Sudden shifts in public attitudes on abortion and bipartisan votes on pro-life legislation are sure to send ripple effects through American politics. If national Democrats continue to toe the pro-late-term-abortion line and oppose bills like the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, they are sure to continue to alienate their own voters who can clearly see these truths: life is precious, life begins in the womb, and all newborn babies are worthy of equal protection."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.