[For pain capable bills, waiting periods, abortion clinic regulations (like HB 15-1128), heartbeat bills, informed consent, anesthesia, “protected class” bills, etc., see Compromised Incrementalism below.]
When personhood is finally enforced in law, of all the abortion laws then in effect, only the principled incrementalism bills will not be thereby abolished. All compromised incrementalism will be repealed when personhood is in effect. As American RTL wrote to Dr. James Dobson in American RTL’s full-page open letter that appeared in newspapers around the country, “Incrementalism is fine; compromised incrementalism violates God’s enduring command, Do not murder.”
Examples of Principled Laws
- Fetal Crimes Bills: only principled UVCA bills, but not those re-affirming abortion
- Divesting Pension Funds: from companies that perform or support abortion
- Parental Involvement: in medical care, but not mentioning nor re-affirming abortion
- Born-Alive Infant Protection: though moral, legal protection for survivors backfires
- Prohibit Embryonic Stem Cell Research: for both publicly and privately funded use
- Prevent Insurance Coverage: prohibit any health insurance from covering abortion
- Prevent Funding of Abortion: prohibit financing of abortion (without re-affirming abortion and its funding as is usually done)
American RTL’s two must-read articles, Oppose Regulations Because… and Oppose Exceptions Because… explain the principles that must be adhered to in order to write principled incremental legislation. In summary, the God-given right to life must be advocated without exception. As an example of a horrendous violation of those principles, see ARTL’s PBA Summary: Saved Not One, about the 15-year fundraiser that took in a quarter-of-a-billion dollars for the pro-life industry, yet as Dr. Dobson wrote, “Ending partial-birth abortion… does not save a single human life.” Rather than being a victory, many pro-life leaders have since condemned the U.S. Supreme Court’s Gonzales v. Carhart ruling upholding the PBA “Ban” for being a virtual late-term abortion manual.
On the other hand, morally compromised legislation can be recognized in that they are child-killing regulations, present child-killing exceptions, and in that they therefore:
– end with “and then you can kill the baby”
– would keep abortion legal if Roe were ever merely overturned.
“And then you can kill the baby” bills include:
Examples of Unprincipled Laws
- Informed Consent (here’s an example)
- Waiting Periods
- Abortion Clinic Regulations (like HB 15-1128)
- Partial-Birth Abortion “Ban” (for example PBA: Saved Not One)
- Late-term Bans (including pain capable, heartbeat, and anesthesia bills)
- Fetal Pain Anesthesia Bills (here’s an example)
- Parental Notification or Consent
Use the Personhood Test: One way to help people see whether or not an abortion law is principled or not is to apply the personhood test. When America finally recognizes the personhood and God-given right to life of every child, some pro-life laws will become redundant and unnecessary. However, other laws which include “pro-life” regulations and exceptions will be explicitly invalidated and annulled. The pro-life laws that will be merely rendered no longer necessary are the principled incrementalism. The abortion regulations that will be invalidated are the compromised laws. An example of this is found in Ohio’s HB 125 “heartbeat bill” which bans the killing of an unborn child only after the detectability of a heartbeat). Morally compromised incremental efforts have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for their supporters but undermine the nation’s recognition of the sanctity of human life. Principled pro-life laws build toward victory. So American Right To Life urges everyone to oppose compromised incrementalism and to support only principled laws, and especially personhood!
Compromised: Abortion Clinic Regulations, Pain Capable, Heartbeat, Etc: Just like Roe v. Wade, pain capable bills, clinic regulation bills, etc., specify the conditions under which a child can be killed. In this 25-second clip, Focus on the Family, without realizing it, demonstrates how the child-killing regulations that they support actually backfire. Still in 2015, the pro-life industry is working to improve the image of the abortion industry. This January 2015 report puts on display the judgment of Americans United for Life (AUL) and the public relations work being done for Planned Parenthood, unintentionally, by this well-meaning state affiliate of Focus on the Family…
Please help Colorado avoid this kind of “pro-life” legislative confusion and moral relativism which, for a third-of-a-century now, has further entrenched child killing in America and continues to postpone the eventual defeat of the child-killing industry.
Heartbeat bills, pain-capable bills, etc., regulate the age at which a child can be killed, showing them to be violations of God’s command, Do not kill the innocent (and so also unconstitutional). Therefore, by the law of unintended consequences, though well-intentioned, passing a heartbeat bill can actually increase the number of unborn children killed. For if a “heartbeat bill” becomes law, there would be a predictable significant increase in the use of mechanical abortifacient IUDs and chemical abortifacients like RU-486 (mifepristone) including the routine use of the Morning After Pill.
Without personhood enforced, the child’s right to life is denied. So people find ways to comply with the regulations for how and when they can kill unwanted children. The genocidal Roe and Doe v. Bolton opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court, issued concurrently, presented gestational ages after which states can prohibit, although with exceptions, the killing of the unborn child. The 2012 Ohio heartbeat bill, for example, likewise presents an age, with exceptions, after which the child cannot be dismembered or otherwise killed. Of course with opposing motives, these are substantively similar showing that “pain capable” and heartbeat bills are fundamentally just a variation on the immoral Roe ruling itself. And as a heartbeat bill regulates the timing of killing the child, it inherently undermines the recognition of that boy or girl’s God-given right to life and personhood. So being instructed by the “pro-life” law that they can only kill their children in the earliest weeks of their lives, a greatly increased percentage of women and young girls, at great risk also to their own health, will start popping Plan B like a vitamin with their morning-after breakfast. As sure as the sun rises in the morning, a heartbeat bill will help mass market the various abortifacients (which are non-surgical). Then multiple factors including biological, economic, and behavioral, can easily combine to kill millions of additional children who, without their mothers even knowing they are there, nor having even a chance for a change of heart, will get flushed down the toilet, children whom we will all meet when we stand before God. Thus because the heartbeat bill is not principled and is not based upon the God-given right to life, that strategy will predictably backfire, give a false sense of victory, and kill even more children, but just not by a scalpel. Any abortion regulation is immoral if it creates a protected “class” of children that makes it obvious that there is also an unprotected “class”, as here, the youngest kids and children with quiet heartbeats. Historically, efforts at 100% abortion bans did not create an obvious unprotected class of children, and so, as explained below in ARTL’s Esther Analogy, such bans were not morally compromised.
Compromised: Georgia RTL’s Ban on Discriminatory Abortions: Dan Becker, president of Georgia Right To Life, thankfully promotes personhood and operates the great website personhood.net. And like ARTL’s own position, Dan opposes the regulation of abortion in principle (as at AmericanRTL.org/regs because such efforts are immoral and inevitably backfire). However in practice, Dan has opened up an unfortunate new front in the pro-life battle: denying that regulations are regulations. Supported by Dan and GRTL, Georgia’s 2011 SB 529:
– contains the words, “relating to when abortion is legal”
– creates an anti-discrimination abortion regulation for clinics to comply with
– incorporates and thereby reaffirms existing “exceptions”
– incorporates and reaffirms existing regulations (notification, informed consent, PBA, etc.)
– has the official description of providing “prohibitions on the circumstances under which an abortion may be performed.”
The GRTL-supported bill unequivocally indicates that if the abortion is not racially motivated, “then you can kill the baby.” As it passed the state senate with GRTL’s support, the text of SB 529 states that it “is a prohibition on the circumstances under which an abortion may be performed…”
[To see the conclusion of this article, including the Esther Analogy, go to AmericanRTL.org/incrementalism.]
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within certain definite and narrow limits;
it thereby justifies, in a way,
all similar actions that lie outside those limits.”
-Leo Tolstoy widely attributed
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