U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker has temporarily blocked Arkansas’ pro-life bill, which bans all abortions, with an exception if the mother’s life is in danger. Rather surprisingly, her decision is filled with pro-abortion propaganda.
In court documents, Judge Baker wrote that “being forced to continue a pregnancy against one’s will can pose a risk to a person’s physical mental, and emotional health, and even their life, as well as to the stability and well-being of their family, including existing children.”
Of course, abortion is the solution.
She also went off on a rather odd tangent, stating that Arkansas “is the fifth poorest state in the nation, with a poverty rate of 16.2%.” She also detailed that “approximately 27.1% of Black Arkansans live below the poverty line, as compared to approximately 13.6% of their white counterparts.”
What maternal mortality and poverty have to do with the case in front of her is entirely unclear, except that it furthers the pro-abortion agenda.
The rising maternal mortality rate in the country is definitely a concern, but abortion activists are combining two entirely different medical situations and acting as if one is responsible for another. There’s absolutely no evidence that killing a preborn baby would suddenly reverse this sobering statistic, as there are a variety of other factors, like obesity or even a previous abortion, that are more likely contributors to the rising maternal mortality rate.
But apparently the only way to address the situation is to kill the child.
And if most of the women who are dying from pregnancy related complications are “poor or low-income,” shouldn’t the emphasis be on providing better prenatal and maternal health care since these women were interested in parenting? If a woman wants to parent, yet dies from complications, how would an abortion have helped?
However, the pro-abortion groups are quick to cite abortion as a possible solution that could reverse maternal mortality, even if the two situations are completely unconnected.
Apparently, and concerningly, Judge Baker agrees with the plaintiffs, which included Little Rock Family Planning Services, Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Dr. Janet Cathey, a gynecologist and obstetrician in Little Rock. Dr. Cathey is apparently representing both her patients and staff members in the case.
They clearly had a friend in Judge Baker, who stated that the law “would cause imminent irreparable harm to the plaintiffs and their patients” and “the harms to women who are unable to obtain abortion care as a result of the Act are irreparable.”
When Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed the bill, he said, “This legislation had the dual purpose of protecting Arkansas’s unborn and challenging longstanding Supreme Court precedent regarding abortion. I hope the Supreme Court will ultimately accept this case for review.”
If one life is sacred, then all lives should be considered sacred. Why is the mother’s life valued more highly by the abortion industry than the preborn baby’s life? Shouldn’t every effort be made to try and save the lives of both mother and baby whenever possible? If maternal mortality is high, then every effort should be made to find a life-affirming solution.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was “disappointed,” spokesperson, Amanda Priest, reportedly told The New York Times. The state is now going to review the case and “consider the next appropriate step.”
This week, Focus on the Family will air the second episode of See Life 2021, focusing on pro-life pregnancy resource centers, who provide life supporting care to mothers, fathers and families, often for years after the child is born.
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