What Will Abortion Law Look Like If Roe is Overturned?

Tune in to PBS (in Chicago Channel 11, WTTW) at 8 o’clock (9 o’clock Eastern) Tuesday night, Nov. 8, to watch a Frontline special on the abortion wars called “The Last Abortion Clinic.” It deals with the closing of a Jackson, MS clinic and other abortion clinics across the South, and how pro-lifers have been demonstrating, sidewalk counseling and helping pass restrictive legislation resulting in fewer abortions and more clinic closings.

Documentary Highlights Mississippi Activism

We spoke to Roy McMillan in Jackson recently and they urged that we watch the program. Even though they are biased, they do try to be relatively fair and factual, I’ve heard.

It is ironic that Dr. Beverly McMillan who opened the first abortion abortion clinic in Mississippi, is now working to close the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. History will someday have to report this irony. Dr. McMillan is featured in our own video, Meet the Abortion Providers.

Chicago’s Clark Forsythe of Americans United for Life, also in the documentary, says, “Our goal is to see that other states pass the type of legislation that Mississippi has passed over the past decade. . . . Legislators and governors across the country in many different states are looking at the same type of common sense legislation that Mississippi has passed.”

Among the restrictive legislation in Mississippi are fetal homicide prosecution, report of abortion complications, right of conscience and a proposed law to restrict abortion to the first twelve weeks. Lt. Governor Amy Tuck calls Mississippi “truly pro-life.” I guess so!

Abortion Increase Child Abuse, Study Says

A Washington Times story says women who have had abortions are far more likely to physically abuse their children than mothers who have not had an abortion. The instance of abuse from aborted women is 144 times greater.

Priscilla Coleman, who led a team of researchers from Bowling Green State University in the study, says this abuse results from psychological problems following abortion, stemming from a sense of loss with bereavement and guilt. The study says guilt is common and causes an anger-control problem.

This study complements six other studies whose conclusions are the same. The study again puts the lie to the earl-on argument that abortion would reduce child abuse. The facts point to abortion as a cause of future child abuse.

Kids at Risk from Live-In Boyfriends

In another study under a Chicago Sun-Times headline Monday, “Live-in boyfriend puts kids at risk: study” we learn that young children who live with in the house with their mothers’ boyfriend are 48 times more likely to die from child abuse than children who live alone with their mother or in a functional family.

The study by researches from the University of Chicago and the University of Missouri-Columbia identified 149 Missouri children under the age of 5 who died from inflicted injuries during an eight year period. Three-fourths of these children were under the age of two, with more than half of the murdered babies less than a year old. Most died from shaken-baby syndrome.

Out of all these murders, 74 per-cent of the children were killed by the mother’s live-in boy friend. The study says many of the single moms could not afford day care so left their chldren with a boy friend who had little emotional attachment to the child.

AP Story Predicts Post-Roe World

An Associate Press story on what the country would look like if Roe v. Wade were overturned presents a graph predicting which states would be essentially abortion free, which would likely impose heavy restriction, which would have light restrictions and which would have virtually no restrictions.

Ban abortion states would be:

  • South Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Wisconsin
  • Michigan

Wide open abortion-on-demand states would be:

  • New York
  • Most New England States
  • West Virginia
  • Tennessee
  • Florida
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Colorado
  • Arizona
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Nevada

States likely to have tough restrictions but not ban abortion are:

  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Indiana
  • Idaho
  • New Mexico
  • Kansas
  • Georgia
  • Pennsylvania

We’ll check back on this prediction in a couple of years.

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