Last week we reported on California’s new infanticide bill, AB 2223. The bill would remove all civil and criminal penalties for any so-called “pregnancy outcome,” which includes abortion, miscarriage, postnatal care, and perinatal death.
Perinatal death is not defined in the bill, but typically means both the death of a child in the womb from 20 weeks’ gestation and the death of a newborn up to 28 days old.
California’s bill considers a baby born alive during or after an attempted abortion to be a pregnancy outcome – and anything that happens to that “outcome,” even if it involves intentional killing or other harm, is legally permissible.
After our last communication on AB 2223, people asked whether the bill was actually going to move forward. The answer is YES. The second hearing on the bill has been scheduled for next Tuesday, April 5, which indicates that this bill is on track to pass well before the end of the legislative session on August 31.
While California’s bill is certainly the worst, California is not the only state opening the door to infanticide.
On January 31, 2022, Maryland legislators introduced HB 626, the “Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022” (UGH!) which would decriminalize all abortions, including very late term and possibly even partial birth abortion.
However, Maryland’s legislative session ends on April 11 and it appears unlikely that HB 626 will be passed before then. Still, we encourage you to call the Maryland General Assembly at 1-800-492-7122 to oppose HB 626 and any future version of the bill.
On March 3, 2022, Colorado lawmakers introduced HB22-1279, the “Reproductive Health Equity Act” that explicitly deprives children in the womb of any rights under the law. The bill also prohibits prosecuting women for any action – or failure to act – during the pregnancy or “the pregnancy’s outcomes.” HB22-1279 specifically says that abortion does not include any procedure intended to result in a live birth. But the Colorado bill would likely protect mothers whose babies are accidentally born alive and allowed to die after an attempted abortion. Colorado’s bill passed the legislature yesterday and is waiting for the governor’s signature.
These bills – and more – are being introduced in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center, which will be issued by the end of June. The Court will rule as to the constitutionality of Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation and could overturn Roe v. Wade, allowing states to regulate abortion.
Life Legal has filed several briefs in the Dobbs case urging the Court to reverse Roe and correct the most profound injustice ever to be perpetrated in our nation – the slaughter of over 60 million human children.
Unfortunately, the Court’s decision in Dobbs – even if it completely overturns Roe – will not be the end of abortion. We are gearing up for a whole new type of fight against what can only be described as an unquenchable bloodlust on the part of pro-aborts.