(WKRG) Rep. Bradley Byrne (R) wants to halt a new abortion law from spreading to other states in the US. Byrne says, “New York has passed a law signed by the governor, Virginia is considering a law that will allow abortions to occur up to and including the point of delivery. “For most people, they hear that, and we hear murder. That’s what it is. It’s murder. It’s barbaric.”
Congressman Byrne says his Alabama constituents are asking for him and his House of Representatives colleagues to step in and pass Federal laws prohibiting similar legislation. “My staff and I are researching a bill that would outlaw abortion after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. We can do that with a federal law by invoking the interstate commerce clause.”
However, previous laws restricting abortion in Congress have failed in the process. Regardless Congressman Byrne says his constituents want him to try.
Jenn Ingram told News 5 in Daphne, “Horrified. I can’t believe we’ve gone to a country that would kill babies.”
Susan Simpson had a similar reaction. “To take a child while it’s being born, who does that? Just have the baby and let someone adopt it but don’t kill it. It’s murder.”
The law in NY reads in part that a doctor “…may perform an abortion when, according to the practitioner’s reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient’s case: the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.”
Previously, women in New York could only get abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy if their lives were threatened, according to Justin Flagg, a spokesman for Krueger.
Under the new law, Byrne says, “Women can now get an abortion after 24 weeks if their health isn’t threatened or the fetus is viable.”
Congressman Byrne says he hopes someone in the state of New York will file a lawsuit against the new legislation, while he and colleagues in Congress work on a Federal law prohibiting such legislation. “Only five nations in the world allow abortions after 20 weeks. Two of them are China and North Korea, a third one is the US.”