New "Strict" Abortion Laws -- Really?

For some children, the new "strict" abortion law in Texas is no protection at all. Last month Texas Governor Perry signed a bill that banned aborting a child after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The headlines about the law suggested significant changes had happened: "Perry Signs Strict Abortion Regulations into Law;" "Perry Signs Sweeping Abortion Restrictions;" "Texas governor signs sweeping abortion regulations that threaten existence of most clinics."

I was happy they made this effort. But the reality is that abortion is still legal up to 20 weeks of pregnancy -- and more than 98% of abortions are performed before the 20th week. So after such "sweeping regulations" almost all abortions are still legal. And that should be a problem for us.

The Texas law also places additional requirements on the facilities and the abortionists, so at least the mothers are less likely to die or be maimed during the procedures that are killing their children. If it means there are fewer abortion facilities and abortionists because they can’t meet these requirements, then I am willing to call that progress.

Still Not Protected

But there's one group who continue to have no protection at all: children with "severe fetal abnormalities." The bill that was signed by Governor Perry specifically states that this law does not apply to these children.

Texas law now states that children can be aborted for any reason up to 20 weeks, but then only because of their severe abnormalities after 20 weeks or for the health of the mother.

[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]