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Ban abortion after 20 weeks, except for maternal life

A landmark law [was] passed by the Nebraska legislature (44-5) and signed into law in 2010. For the first time in any state legislature, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibits abortion after 20 weeks gestation except when the mother has a condition which so complicates her medical condition as to necessitate the abortion of her pregnancy to avert death or irreversible physical impairment.

This year, as versions of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act are introduced in a number of state legislatures, there will obviously be fierce opposition. I expect, however, that this Nebraska breakthrough for pro-lifers may well become law in certain states.

One of those laws is likely to come before the Supreme Court. Five members of the current US Supreme Court would give serious consideration to Nebraska's assertion of a compelling interest in preserving the life of an unborn child whom substantial medical evidence indicates is capable of feeling pain during an abortion.

Source: Cato Institute 2015-16 voting recommendation on PCUCPA , Feb 2, 2011

No taxpayer funding of abortions via ObamaCare

President Obama's approach to health care reform--forcing taxpayers to subsidize health insurance for tens of millions of Americans--cannot not change the status quo on abortion. Either those taxpayer dollars will fund abortions, or the restrictions necessary to prevent taxpayer funding will curtail access to private abortion coverage. There is no middle ground.

Thus both sides' fears are justified. Both sides of the abortion debate are learning why government should not subsidize health care.

Source: Cato Institute 2015-16 voting recommendation on ObamaCare , Nov 10, 2009

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