Hawaii Set to Become 'Baby Killing Center' of Pacific, Group Says

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - While South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds is receiving accolades from the pro-life community for signing a bill into law that bans most abortions in his state, Hawaii is being vilified for a measure that would allow abortions to be performed in any doctor's office, thus transforming the state into "the baby killing center of the Pacific."

Although current law requires that abortions be performed in a hospital, House Bill 1242 would remove that requirement as well as the 90-day residency period for a woman getting an abortion in Hawaii.

"The combined effect of all of these changes will be to make Hawaii one of the quickie-abortion capitals of the world," Judie Brown, president of American Life League, said in a statement.

"One can envision mothers flying in from the continental United States, Japan and many other countries to have abortions performed in storefronts. Under this bill, baby killing facilities will be as numerous as pineapple stands as unscrupulous quacks seek to make money from the deaths of children," added Brown.

Brown called on Hawaii's state legislators to reject House Bill 1242 and all similar measures. The bill is expected to pass Hawaii's state house this week before being voted on in the state senate, where lawmakers are expected to approve it.

Even if the Legislature chooses to approve such a measure, "it is critical for Gov. Linda Lingle to veto it," Brown said.

"The eyes of the pro-life world are on Hawaii this week as people pray for the children there and put on hold any future Hawaiian vacation plans," Brown concluded.

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