Letter: Women's Health Protection Act does not protect, it destroys
Ken Sims writes, "This deceptively-named bill is the most radical abortion bill of all time. All pro-life laws (federal, state, and local) requiring ultra sounds, waiting periods before abortions and parental notification for minors would be invalidated. Doctors would be forced to perform abortions against their deeply-held convictions. Employers and insurance companies would be required to cover and pay for abortion."
The House of Representatives has narrowly passed the Women’s Health Protection Act which preemptively invalidates all current and future state-level legislation that protects the unborn. This bill would allow the destruction of human babies through all nine months of gestation. This “protection” bill does not protect – it destroys. Thankfully it is not expected to pass the Senate where it would need a 60-vote supermajority to pass.
Republican opponents are calling the bill the “Abortion On Demand Act.” Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee warned Congress, “It would force all Americans to support abortions here and abroad with their tax dollars.” This legislation forces me to pay for something against my deeply held beliefs. What about my right to religious freedom, which by the way is specifically guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution?
This deceptively-named bill is the most radical abortion bill of all time. All pro-life laws (federal, state, and local) requiring ultra sounds, waiting periods before abortions and parental notification for minors would be invalidated. Doctors would be forced to perform abortions against their deeply-held convictions. Employers and insurance companies would be required to cover and pay for abortion.
This bill is part of President Joe Biden’s plan to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law. Biden believes it is more important to protect the decision over a Constitutional right to life. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has also vowed to “enshrine into law reproductive health care for all women across America.” I believe Democrats are worried. Roe v. Wade defined viable as “potentially able to live outside the mother’s womb.” Could it be Democrats foresee the “viability” standard set by Roe v. Wade becoming legally unviable?
Democrats insist the Constitution includes “reproductive rights” for women. However, history shows some of the Court’s “precedent” decisions have been overturned and/or repealed. In Roe v. Wade, Justice Thomas said the decision is grievously wrong for many reasons, but that its core holding does not support a woman’s right to abort her unborn child. Democrats more than ever sense there is a conflict of rights involved and that Roe v. Wade could very well be overturned.
When abortion was legalized, government not only created a Constitutional crisis, it instigated a national tragedy that has now led to the death of over 62 million babies. It’s time to reverse this egregious and unrighteous precedent decision and put an end to the No. 1 cause of death in America. The truth is abortion kills an innocent life and we need to protect it. And isn’t it amazing that so-called “choices” miraculously develop into children?
Ken Sims lives in Moorhead.
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