Posted by: Christine Johnson | June 19, 2006

The PRA

Dorinda C. Bordlee writes at National Review Online about the eroding support for Roe v. Wade, and what Louisian is now doing about it. In part, she says this:

Far from being merely “feel-good legislation,” as some have understandably claimed, the following three points support the argument that Louisiana’s PRA legislation could be the embryonic stage of a winning strategy to usher in the restoration of respect for women and their unborn children in our nation’s law and policy.

First, the PRA bill gave state legislators the opportunity to speak about the issue of abortion in context of live legislation. The legislators in Louisiana realized that it is one thing to answer candidate questionnaires about their position on Roe, but quite another thing to struggle with the issue with the realization that they are crafting policy that will sooner or later go into effect.

The tears in the eyes of the I-thought-I’d-seen-it-all legislators best told the story. In the house and senate committee hearings, woman after woman shared their experience of how abortion had led them into a downward spiral of medical and psychological distress that had even impacted their ability to bond with their future children. The faces of the committee members hearing the post-abortion testimony revealed profound empathy and pain that was likely, in many cases, related to how abortion had negatively impacted their own lives.

I highly recommend reading the rest.

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