Domestic News: In my home state of Maryland, the Maryland Board of Physicians upheld the license suspension of George Shepard, Jr. and Nicola I. Riley. Both are employees of Steven Bringham, noted abortionist who has been in legal trouble in a number of states for his abortion businesses. Following the news of Bringham’s actions in Maryland, authorities in New Jersey are also looking to suspend the medical licenses of Bringham’s associates. This fall, voters in Colorado will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to their State Constitution to define when life begins. As part of the “Personhood Amendment” movement, which hopes to codefy the definition of life in individual State Constitutions, Colorado is the only State to have this vote on their November ballot. Mississippi will have it on their ballot in 2011.
International News: Now that Kenya has a democratically drafted and voted on Constitution, pro-life legislators are stepping up to amend it already. Section 26 of the current Consitutiotn allows abortion when in the “opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law.” Pro-life legislators are moving quickly to try to change that language. Again, for those interested – Pregnant Pause has a great list of the legality of abortion in various countries across the globe specifically listing for what reasons abortions are allowed and trimester restrictions (if applicable).
Discussion Topic: Why are you pro-life? This is a secular group which leads to a variety of reasons to be pro-life from its supporters. I’ve been pro-life for a while now and for a number of reasons – from the fact that science can not truly define when life begins, to the fact that viability outside of the womb is not a definable quantity, to the fact that I’m a father of a prematurely born son who thrived outside the womb and is doing great now. I’m sure I can spout off more reasons why I feel that life is precious and the unborn deserve as much respect and protection as the born. What about you?