Pro-Life News; Georgia Heartbeat bill; Fatherhood is Sacred
Georgia fourth state to pass heartbeat bill
July 2019 – Following Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio, Georgia passed a “heartbeat bill” into law on May 7.
However, the Georgia law goes even further in protecting the unborn by defining a child in the womb as a “natural person” and a “human being” once a heartbeat is detected.
After the bill was passed by the Georgia Senate in March, several Hollywood actors threatened to boycott the state, now considered the “number one filming location in the world” according to the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. But the threats did not sway Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who signed the bill into law.
“Georgia is a state that values life,” he said. “We stand up for those who are unable to speak for themselves.”
Opponents have complained that the new law virtually bans all abortions in the state, as many women do not know they are pregnant when a heartbeat becomes detectable.
Kemp said he expects a legal challenge. “But our job is to do what is right, not what is easy,” he added.
foxnews.com, 3/24/19, 5/7/19
Fatherhood is Sacred: Ben Watson on importance of men in abortion fight
July 2019 – In response to New York’s passage of a law in January that effectively legalized abortion up until the moment of birth, Colorado based Focus on the Family organized and hosted “Alive from New York” at Times Square.
The May 4 event featured a sonogram of a third trimester baby, as well as a host of guest speakers. Among them was retired pro football star Benjamin Watson, who used his time to discuss the role men play in the fight against abortion. Watson called on men to quit avoiding the topic, but rather “to step up and to step into these conversations with boldness and with grace and with conviction.” Watson believes the voice of pro-life men is greatly needed in the public sphere, and he affirms that fatherhood begins
in the womb.
“There are millions of preborn children and courageous, precious mothers that are depending on us men to be men,” said Watson. “So let’s do it.”
Canadian court: dad may not call his daughter a girl
July 2019 – A Canadian father is facing arrest if he calls his transgender teen by the child’s birth name, uses the “wrong” pronoun, or attempts to discourage the teen from taking hormone treatments. His 14-year-old daughter wants to transition to a boy. While she is supported by her mother, the father, known in court documents by the pseudonym “Clark,” believes she may regret the treatments when reaching adulthood.
British Columbia Justice Francesca V. Marzari issued an order forbidding Clark from “attempting to persuade” his daughter “to abandon treatment for gender dysphoria.” In addition, he was ordered not to use his child’s “birth name” or refer to her “as a girl or with female pronouns.” Furthermore, Clark has been ordered not to speak to the media about the case. The order states that “disobeying this order is a criminal offense,” and Justice Marzari indicated that violating the order can result in immediate arrest.