(CNS News) – When asked whether it is moral to kill an unborn child by abortion, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) referred CNS News to a pro-life statement on his website, which says, “I believe life begins at conception and that abortion takes the life of an innocent human being.”
At the U.S. Capitol on July 19, CNSNews asked Paul, “The Women’s Health Protection Act would legalize abortion nationwide. Is killing an unborn child moral?”
Paul referred CNS News to his statement, which is headlined, “Advocating for Sanctity of Life”
It states, “I am 100% pro-life. I believe life begins at conception and that abortion takes the life of an innocent human being. It is the duty of our government to protect this life as a right guaranteed under the Constitution.
“It is unconscionable that government would facilitate the taking of innocent life. I have stated many times that I will always support legislation that would end abortion or lead us in the direction of ending abortion. There are many ways we can work toward this ultimate goal and items we can hope to accomplish in the near term.”
Lummis’ comments come in the wake of last month’s Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade and returned the issue of regulating abortion to the state legislatures.
On July 15, the Democrat-dominant House of Representatives passed (219-210) the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) of 2022, which seeks to prevent states from taking certain actions to restrict the provision of abortion. The bill was previously passed by the House last September, but it did not pass in the Senate, where a supermajority of 60 senators must agree to close debate on a bill before it can be voted on. The bill was reintroduced in the Senate in May.
If passed, the bill would stop states from restricting access to abortion pills and allow doctors to prescribe abortion services over the telephone. Abortion providers must also be allowed to “immediately provide abortion services when the provider determines a delay risks the patient's health,” reads the legislation.
The WHPA also preempts state attempts to make abortion services more difficult to access. The text says that state governments would not be allowed to require that abortion providers obtain special credentials or force abortion facilities to provide any services “connected to an abortion” in addition to the abortion itself. Such a service could be, for instance, an ultrasound.
There are an array of restrictions on abortion access that have been put in place by state legislatures. For example, most states require abortions to be performed by a licensed physician. Almost half of states require a waiting period between receiving mandatory counseling and having the abortion, and 36 states require parental involvement when a minor is making a choice about abortion.
According to data compiled by the Guttmacher Institute three states have a prohibition after six weeks of pregnancy, two states after 15 weeks, 10 after 22 weeks, and 18 states ban abortion after the point of fetal viability. Virginia bans abortion during the third trimester.
Seven states ban abortion from the moment of conception.