Last week we joined more than 80 pro-life organizations in signing a letter urging Congress to keep funding for abortion providers out of the American Health Care Act, the new healthcare law up for consideration.
The letter reads in part,
The “American Health Care Act” protects life in two ways. First, it includes language similar to the Hyde amendment that ensures abortion is not paid for or incentivized through the federal healthcare programs created in the Obamacare replacement, including tax credits for health insurance. Second if enacted, it would, for the first time, cut off federal Medicaid funding for certain abortion providers. Both of these pro-life policies are essential to the bill, and must be retained all the way to final passage.
Most Americans believe abortion ought to be illegal in some or all circumstances. No one should be forced to subsidize abortion or abortion providers with their tax dollars.
An abortion clinic in Pennsylvania was shut down earlier this week following a surprise inspection from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The inspection reportedly found “serious deficiencies and violations” at the clinic.
This is significant, because Arkansas recently passed a law strengthening Health Department inspection requirements regarding abortion clinics.
Like Pennsylvania, inspections in Arkansas must be unannounced. The new law makes it clear abortion clinics must be inspected at least annually and that the Department of Health will close an abortion clinic that fails inspection.
As we have said before, laws like this one make it easier to shut abortion clinics down. That’s what is happening in other states. Hopefully it happens in Arkansas, too.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 2, 2017
Little Rock – This week the Arkansas Department of Health released its annual report regarding the number of
abortions performed in Arkansas.
Family Council President Jerry Cox issued a statement saying, “This report shows a lot of good news. The number of abortions in Arkansas fell by more than five hundred last year. Overall, the number has dropped by more than one thousand since 2014, and it has been cut in half since the early 1990’s.”
Cox credited a series of pro-life laws passed in recent years with much of the decline in abortion. “In 2015 Arkansas passed one of the best informed-consent laws in the nation. It ensures women are given all the facts about abortion up front, including information about abortion’s risks, consequences, and alternatives. According to these reports, nearly five hundred women chose not to have abortions after being given this information.”
The report also indicated Arkansas did not export quite as many abortions to other states last year as in previous years. “Abortion proponents should celebrate these numbers as well,” Cox said. “They have maintained for over forty years that abortion ought to be safe, legal, and rare. The fact that abortion is becoming increasingly rare in Arkansas is something everybody ought to celebrate.”
Cox said Family Council will continue working to end abortion in Arkansas. “While we are glad the number of abortions continues to fall, it’s important to remember that the vast majority of these abortions were performed on healthy women carrying healthy babies. Abortion is a tragedy. We intend to continue working to end abortions in Arkansas.”
Family Council is a conservative education and research organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas.