Domestic News: In Pennsylvania, their State Senate just passed a bill by an overwhelming margin (38 to 12) to establish new, safety regulations for abortion clinics. In addition to inspection requirements, any clinic which offers abortions after the 9th week of pregnancy would be required to register as an "ambulatory" surgical facility much like an outpatient clinic which would perform other surgeries. An interesting part of the new District of Columbia spending bill in the House included a prohibition on DC spending their money on abortions. The bill will be up for debate on Thursday. On Monday a New York based group is suing Texas over their recent pro-life legislation. The bill, signed by Governor Rick Perry (R) would require an ultrasound to be performed before an abortion with the images of the ultrasound shown / described to the woman.
Opinion: So, the 2012 GOP Presidential debate was held on Monday evening. Those who watched it got to see a variety of men and one woman explain their views on the issues. Here is a transcript of the debate. On life issues? Each of them came across well, particularly Representative Bachmann. Here's the quote that really got to me during the debate:
I am 100 percent pro-life. I've given birth to five babies, and I've taken 23 foster children into my home. I believe in the dignity of life from conception until natural death. I believe in the sanctity of human life.And I think the most eloquent words ever written were those in our Declaration of Independence that said it's a creator who endowed us with inalienable rights given to us from God, not from government. And the beauty of that is that government cannot take those rights away. Only God can give, and only God can take.And the first of those rights is life. And I stand for that right. I stand for the right to life. The very few cases that deal with those exceptions are the very tiniest of fraction of cases, and yet they get all the attention. Where all of the firepower is and where the real battle is, is on the general -- genuine issue of taking an innocent human life. I stand for life from conception until natural death.
And that really sums up things quite well. In my opinion, any of these candidates will do a good job at articulating pro-life values, and a far better job than our incumbent. It will be interesting to see what they each have to say as the primary progresses.