Life Watch

Current Pro-Life News

5/25/2022

According to research done by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, “as of April 21, 42 states have introduced a total of 417 pro-life bills (or bills containing at least one pro-life provision) in 2022 or the current legislative session. This includes 273 bills introduced in 2022, and 144 bills introduced in 2020-2021 for the current legislative session. These bills contain a total of more than 600 pro-life provisions. Currently, 12 states have enacted 15 pro-life bills into law in 2022 or in the current legislative session.

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What Should I Know?

Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health

  • On December 1, the Supreme Court heard the case from Mississippi that challenges a state law prohibiting abortions of unborn babies after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
  • The question they will be deciding is whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional. Read More

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What is Roe v. Wade?

On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued a decision that a woman's right to an abortion falls within the right to privacy protected by the 14th Amendment. The decision gave a woman a right to an abortion during the entirety of the pregnancy. Read More


Timeline Since Roe v. Wade

1973

  • Roe v Wade: All women have access to abortion, and Medicaid covers abortion.

1992

  • Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v Casey: The Supreme Court was asked to overrule Roe v Wade. The Court reaffirmed Roe’s “essential holding,” the woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy before viability.

2003

  • HB 15 passed by Texas Legislature: Mandatory 24 hour waiting period before abortion. Mandatory ultrasound. Abortionist must offer the option to listen to the sonogram and view the ultrasound.
  • SB 835, companion bill, passed by Texas Legislature: Women’s Right to Know Act, requiring abortionists to provide women with state-provided printed materials describing the growth stages of the baby along with additional regulations.

2005

  • Texas Department of Health and Human Services is prohibited from contracting with health care providers who perform abortions or who are affiliated with facilities that provide abortion care.
  • Texas begins to fund pregnancy help centers.

2006

  • A parent’s written consent must be notarized before a girl under the age of 18 can get an abortion.

2013

  • Texas Legislature passes law requiring abortion facilities to meet same standards as required for ambulatory surgical centers.
  • Abortionists are also required to hold admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
  • Abortions after 20 weeks are banned, unless the woman’s life or health is at risk or in the case of a fetal anomaly.

2021

  • Texas Heartbeat Bill: Bans abortion after fetal heartbeat is detected. Since the law went into effect on September 1, 2021, client visits to abortion centers have been reduced by 50%. Client visits to pregnancy resource centers have increased by 40%. The law survived several court challenges.
  • Texas Legislature passed Chemical Abortion Safety Protocols that went into effect on December 1, 2021, with the following provisions: A woman can be no more than 7 weeks along in her pregnancy, and she must be seen and assessed in person by the abortion doctor. Mail-order abortions are prohibited and there are criminal penalties for violating the law.
  • The Human Life Protection Act was passed during the same legislative session. This law is triggered and goes into effect when and to the extent that the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade. Within 30 days of the Court’s decision, this law goes into effect.

2022

  • Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health: Supreme Court heard case that challenges a state law prohibiting abortions of unborn babies after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The question they are deciding is whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional. Ruling will be made May/June and may overturn Roe.