A Texas House lawmaker wants to protect unborn babies and mothers from dangerous abortion pills by blocking websites that sell them.
Texas law protects unborn babies by banning abortions, but abortion pills remain a problem due, in part, to out-of-state abortion groups that are selling them online and sending them through the mail in defiance of the law.
The Christian Post reports state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, introduced legislation to crack down on the dangerous problem, describing the killing of unborn babies as a “murderous act of violence.”
His bill, the Women And Child Safety Act (House Bill 2690), would require internet service providers in Texas to block websites that promote or “facilitate efforts to obtain an elective abortion.” The bill lists several websites that currently are selling abortion drugs online to American women, and points to a federal law that prohibits mailing abortion drugs, punishable by five years in prison.
The bill also creates new consequences for groups that pay travel expenses and other costs to help women abort their unborn babies in other states.
In the legislation, Toth, a pastor, said he wants to ensure that “unborn human beings are entitled to the full and equal protection of the laws that prohibit violence against other human beings.”
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First approved under the Clinton administration, the abortion drug mifepristone is used to abort unborn babies up to about 10 weeks of pregnancy – although some abortionists use it later. It works by blocking the hormone progesterone and basically starving the unborn baby to death. Typically, abortion groups also prescribe a second drug, misoprostol, to induce labor and expel the baby’s body.
Recently, the Biden administration ended safety regulations for the abortion drug and began allowing abortion groups to sell it through the mail without women ever seeing a doctor.
Along with millions of unborn babies’ deaths, the FDA has linked mifepristone to at least 28 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications. However, under President Barack Obama, the FDA stopped requiring that non-fatal complications from mifepristone be reported. So the numbers almost certainly are much higher.
In England, which also recently began allowing mail-order abortion drugs, new investigations show a huge increase in ambulance calls and reports of coercion and abuse. There also have been reports of late-term babies being born alive at home because their mothers did not realize how far along they were.
Studies indicate the risks of the abortion drug are more common than what abortion activists often claim, with as many as one in 17 women requiring hospital treatment.
Since June when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, legal abortions have dropped 99 percent in Texas, according to state health statistics.
For the month of August 2022, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission reported zero elective abortions and three medically necessary abortions. In that same month a year earlier, 5,706 unborn babies were aborted; and two months earlier, in June of 2022 prior to the overturning of Roe, 2,596 abortions were reported, according to the department.
Texas Right to Life estimates as many as 50,000 unborn babies have been saved from abortion since the state heartbeat law went into effect in September of 2021 and then the abortion ban in July of 2022.
Although some women are traveling to states like New Mexico to abort their unborn babies and some are obtaining illegal abortion drugs from abortion activists, many others are choosing life for their unborn babies. These include the mothers of Kendall, Olivia and Cason whose stories have been featured in national news reports.
Texas pro-life advocates also have been expanding support services for pregnant and parenting families, including through new maternity homes and pregnancy resource centers. State lawmakers also increased support for programs that serve pregnant and parenting mothers and babies, ensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies.
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