While the crowd, estimated at over 10,000, largely consisted of teenagers in matching T-shirts bused in from schools across the province, all walks of life and all ages were represented in the crowd, including a crew of Knights of Columbus in full parade regalia, small groups of nuns and quite a few men of the cloth.
Legislators in Missouri have passed a ban on post-viability abortions past 20 weeks with veto-proof majorities.
The bill, which passed in the House by a 121-33 vote, would ban abortions performed after 20 weeks of gestation, except if the fetus is not viable or in the event of a medical emergency. Two physicians would be required to approve an abortion. It would also become a felony for doctors to perform illegal late-term abortions, a crime carrying a minimum one-year prison sentence and a fine of as much as $50,000.
Hadley Arkes on the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act:
But Ms. Slaughter must have known that she was speaking the most serious untruth about that bill she was opposing. Was this cynicism, or had she and her party simply come to see the world through the slogans they have come to absorb? For she must have known that this bill did not restrict or deny the access of any woman to an abortion.
It reflected, rather, the understanding even of many people who are pro-choice on abortion: that abortion might be a private liberty or “right” under the laws fashioned by the courts, but a private liberty is not necessarily a “public good,” which deserves to be supported by public funds.
Iowa Republicans aren’t happy with the bill introduced by Sen. Joe Bolkcom designed to keep abortionist LeRoy Carhart out of Council Bluffs.