By now many of you may have read about a bill I have introduced to give death certificates out to babies killed in abortions.
I know this issue will be very heated for some people. Many people have strong thoughts on both sides of this issue. But I want to give a few details to people who may want to condemn this bill without giving it a chance.
1. We give out death certificates to miscarried babies now. It is done on a weight determination basis. So in the eyes of the state the baby is (or was) a life.
2. When a person does a heinous crime and beats up A pregnant woman and kills her and the baby it is a double murder. In other states It is called Lacy's law after the Lacy Peterson case. So in the eyes of the state the baby is (or was) a life. In these cases the child would also receive a death certificate.
What we are doing is having a variable determinations of when life begins. The variables are age, weight, when the baby fully leaves the body and is the child wanted. The first three factors we can measure. The fourth we can not. When or if the first three variable are used changes, based on the fourth.
Obviously, in the eyes of the state, it is OK to kill children of a variable size, age or weight in some cases, based on emotional factors, but it is not OK in others.
This bill will give information to the state that is not available now on how many abortions are given each year as well as information on race, age, weight. It will also give consistency to when and what is a life based on factors that are already used and consistent. When we make the definition of life a little more consistent we can begin to treat it with the respect it deserves and not base it on whims of fancy.
Nothing in the bill will make a registry of names of people who have had abortions.