Today I witnessed history. The Louisiana House Welfare Committee adopted without objection HB 586. This bill prohibits people or abortuary employees from coercing women to terminate the baby in her womb. The bill also is specific about guaranteeing moral freedom for medical and pharmaceutical personnel. It is a very good bill that informs women about the support network that exists for her and her baby.
Representative Frank Hoffman (Louisiana Southern Baptist from West Monroe) is the author of the bill and at the end of the hearing today most of the members of the House Health and Welfare Committee requested to become co-sponsors. Representative Rick Nowlin (another Louisiana Baptist from Natchitoches) led the questioning of the Planned Parenthood lobbyist and thoroughly poked gapping holes in her argument against the bill.
On the federal front.
I took part in a U. S. Rep. Steve Scalise conference call today. Pro-life leaders across the state joined to discuss H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Right after the phone call that ended at 3pm, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 251-175 today on the bill that would convert some pro-life policies — also known as riders — into law.
Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., who chair the Pro-Life Caucus, are behind the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3). It had 227 co-sponsors in the House, including Rep. Scalise and others from the Louisiana delegation. The sad part is that the bill is unlikely to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate. The leadership there will do everything in their power to not allow a vote. Part of the reason they won’t allow a vote is because 23 Senators are up for reelection and this measure would record whether the Senator is pro-life or an advocate for perpetuating the American holocaust.
As a part of the discussions and debate today, I learned from the Louisiana Secretary of Health that at least 8,867 yet-to-be-born children died in 2010 at the eight Louisiana abortuaries. That calculates into 24.29 children per day or one child is legally terminated every hour of every day in our state.
Our heart grieves for the innocent blood that is shed. Our tears flow at the thought of the circumstances these women face that would cause them to terminate their pregnancy surgically or with pharmaceuticals. May the Lord have mercy on our cultural iniquity.