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Fetal heartbeat bill

The Tennessee House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would put limitations on abortion in the state of Tennessee, including the requirement that before an abortion can be performed the abortionist must determine if there is a detectable heartbeat. If there is one, then the woman may not abort her child unless there is a medical emergency that would endanger her life.

This is a good bill, and it is hoped that the state Senate passes their version of it – SB 1236.

The United States just recorded its lowest birth rate in 30 years, but we are killing our own children at a rate of over 2,000 a day through abortion.  It doesn't take long at that rate to kill off a generation of Americans.

Even as other states – New York, Virginia, and most recently Rhode Island – are removing all legal protection from a preborn child, Tennessee should stand for life and protect this most vulnerable of its citizens.

What is truly bizarre about the pro-abortion stance is how extreme they have become. As the most recent legislation was being debated by Rhode Island lawmakers, the conservatives wanted to amend the new bill to retain legal ramifications for someone killing a child in the womb while attacking the child's mother, and the Democrats voted it down!

Did they even look at what they were defeating?

The previous law basically made it a crime punishable in a court of law to kill or injure a fetus while attacking a woman. It added punishment for abusive husbands and rapists.

The pro-abortion party that makes the claim that they are “for women” took away one of the protections for a pregnant woman, and instead gave it to her abuser.

What are they thinking? That's not even rational!

These laws being passed in several states are making it legal in those states to kill a perfectly healthy, full-term baby, even when the child poses no danger whatsoever to the mother's physical health. In fact, many ob-gyn's have said publicly that it is much safer for the mother to deliver a full-term healthy baby by c-section than to perform an abortion, even if the mother's health is at stake.

So, if these new laws are not to protect the women, what are they for?

These laws are in preparation for an expected reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide in 1973. They are greatly enlarging abortion privileges on a state-by-state basis in hopes that their states will remain firmly in the abortion camp even if Roe v. Wade is struck down.

And the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade is not just because there is a conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court now. It is also because of medical and scientific advances that not only enable the survivability of infants at shorter and shorter gestations, but also prove that babies in the womb feel pain and fear during the abortion process.

One of the biggest opponents to abortion, Bernard Nathanson – at one time ran the biggest abortion clinic in the country. Ultrasounds were the newest technology in obstetrics at that time, and when watching an ultrasound of an abortion for the first time, he was horrified to witness the baby in the womb recoil from the abortionist's instruments and even open its mouth in a silent scream as it was torn to pieces. He never performed another abortion and became an outspoken advocate for preborn children.

This law that Tennessee is considering is important and necessary. This country is quickly separating into two camps: Life and death. New York, Virginia, and Rhode Island have sided with death. Let's hope and pray Tennessee sides with life.

Sen. Janice Bowling represents the seven counties of District 16 in the State Senate, including Sequatchie and Marion. She is pro-life, but if you are in favor of this bill you might want to write or call her in support of SB 1236. Her contact information is here.

If you live in another part of the state, you can find your legislators at that link, as well.

It's time to stop the genocide that is killing off a generation, and we can start with our own state of Tennessee.