You have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but does everyone else? According to some, the answer is no. Most recently, in the state of Maryland, abortion is in the hot seat as legislators vote on a bill to expand the ability to receive an abortion in the state.
There are currently two bills up for consideration. The first is House Bill 1171 titled “Declaration of Rights – Right to Reproductive Liberty,” which would, as an amendment to the Maryland constitution, establish a universal right to abortion, prohibiting the state government “from directly or indirectly denying, burdening, or abridging the right unless justified by a compelling state interest achieved by the least restrictive means.”
The second bill, Senate Bill 669, or the “Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022” intends to prohibit the “altering certain provisions of law relating to the termination of a pregnancy and investigations of or criminal penalties or civil liabilities for a pregnant person or a person assisting a pregnant person.”
Thankfully, according to NBC Washington, some of the proposals within the first bills failed to move forward in the Maryland senate on Friday; however, other proposed measures have advanced. These other measures would expand access to abortion providers, according to NBC Washington. While it is wonderful that part of the first bill didn’t move forward, it is concerning that any of these bills even exist.
People should have the rights of life, liberty, and property. We are endowed these rights by our creator, and not the government. Abortion is murder. A state can’t decide to limit the right to life by approving of abortion. They have no right to do this.The Maryland bill is murder. Steve Warren of the Christian Broadcasting Network stated, “The American Center for Law and Justice is sounding a warning on both of the Maryland bills, especially Senate Bill 669, which the nonprofit constitutional and religious rights law firm said could ‘effectively legalize infanticide.”’
Senate Bill 669 is horrendous. Specifically, the bill states, “This section may not be construed to authorize any form of investigation or penalty for a person … experiencing a … perinatal death related to a failure to act.” The bill allows for the complete neglect of a born child. A baby can be left for whatever reason with no consequences for the perpetrator of the act. Furthermore, this legislation doesn’t define how long the term perinatal can apply, so who is to say that a baby can be killed down the line?
These bills perfectly show what abortion truly is: the neglect of a child. Abortion doesn’t care about the child. The child has no say. Life is precious and must be protected. Sadly, some in society fail to recognize the sanctity of life.
Get involved. Go out and support pro-life causes. Call your legislators. Go out and vote on election day. Americans can change the narrative. Aboriton doesn’t have to be acceptable any longer. It must be called out for what it is: murder. These bills further showcase the atrocity that abortion is, but something can be done. Pro-life doesn’t mean until birth. Pro-life means supporting all life, which is something these Maryland bills clearly won’t do.