Friday, March 1, 2013

Two pro-life laws enacted in Arkansas

In Arkansas, Governor Mike Beebe signed the Pregnant Woman's Protection Act after it was passed unanimously in the state house and senate. The Act gives legal protection to pregnant women who use force to protect their unborn children. This legislation isn't directly related to abortion, but it is a pro-life, pro-woman measure. As Americans United for Life explains:
Studies have shown that violence and abuse are often higher during pregnancy than during any other period in a woman’s lifetime. For example, according to the March of Dimes, one in six pregnant women has been abused by a partner, while a 1998 household survey determined that pregnant women are 60 percent more likely to be beaten than women who are not pregnant.
A pregnant woman is also more likely to be a victim of homicide than to die of any other cause, and homicide and other violent crimes are a leading cause of death for women of reproductive age. Notably, criminal investigations from across the nation demonstrate that husbands or boyfriends are often the perpetrators of pregnancy-associated violence and that this violence is often intended to end or jeopardize the pregnancy.
According to AUL’s legal team, the Arkansas bill is part of a growing legal trend across the country. In the last three years, Oklahoma and Missouri have also enacted AUL’s “Pregnant Woman’s Protection Act,” statutorily acknowledging a pregnant woman’s right to use force including deadly force to protect her unborn child.
So kudos to Arkansas for taking a step forward in the fight against domestic violence. Of course, if pro-life people support it and it suggests that preborn children might have value worth protecting, you know that the "feminist" abortion advocacy groups are going to oppose it. Sure enough...
[NARAL president Ilsye Hogue is] bothered by plenty of initiatives related to women’s health working their way through state legislatures. Asked for examples, she ticked off a new law in Arkansas that allows a pregnant woman to respond with deadly force to someone she believes is threatening her fetus.
Shame on you, Ms. Hogue.

The Arkansas legislature also passed legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks, when research suggests that unborn babies may be able to feel pain. (As AUL points out, abortions after 20 weeks are also considerably more dangerous for the mother.) Gov. Beebe vetoed that bill, but the legislature was able to override the veto and enact the law.


Iron-E said...

I just love it when "Pro Life" people talk about how important it is to carry around a weapon so that they can kill people.

Guest said...

I just love it when "Pro Choice" people use ad hominems because it shows that they don't have any arguments to support their position.

Iron-E said...

This isn't pro-life legislation in the slightest. The precedent for legalized self defense is complex and appropriate for keeping an orderly society. This law is at best redundant and at worst would let a wife get away for killing her husband. Get a brain already. Stop the disingenuous lies and call yourself what you really are: pro-gun red state republicans. There is nothing "pro-life" about shooting people or writing laws that would encourage people to turn to violence. There's too many stories of needless deaths from gun violence. If you live in a safe neighborhood and you carry a gun you are statistically more likely to kill yourself or someone you love than you are to stop a crime.
You're the one that doesn't have an argument to support your position.

PA said...

Generalizations, Strawmen, and Ad Hominems are my favorite fallacies to point out. I also enjoy when people write about statistics with absolutely no citations.