….Californians will vote on Proposition 1 come November, but as the election approaches, lawmakers still do not agree whether the measure would merely enshrine abortion rights as they are currently articulated in state law, which allows abortion up to 24 weeks, or whether it would expand abortion rights, so as to permit abortions at any point in pregnancy, for any reason.
Throughout the legislative debate over the amendment, there were several awkward moments when Democrats were stumped by this question from Republicans, most notably when Assemblymember Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin, posed it point-blank before the final vote in June.
“California law generally bars the performance of an abortion past the point of fetal viability,” he said. “Would this constitutional amendment change that?”
The floor went quiet. For a full 30 seconds, no one said anything. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon whispered with colleagues, asked to have the question repeated, then promised to answer later. He never did….
Current California law incorporates the viability limit from Roe, allowing abortion for any reason through the second trimester, and after that only if the mother or fetus’s health is in danger.
But the constitutional amendment outlined in Proposition 1 doesn’t mention the word “viability” anywhere. Even among legal scholars, there is no consensus as to whether that means the viability standard will remain if Proposition 1 is approved, or if time limits on abortion will be eradicated in California.
“It at least opens the door,” said UC Davis law professor Mary Ziegler, noting that courts are likely to make the final interpretation of Proposition 1 after the election, if it’s approved.
When Assemblymember James Gallagher, R-Chico, spoke during the final floor debate in June, his voice wavered with emotion. He could not support the state constitutional amendment on abortion “because of what’s missing from it,” he said.
He even choked up at one point talking about his twin boys, who were born two-and-a-half months premature and almost needed heart surgery in utero.
“They were alive and they were people,” he repeated throughout his speech, pointing at the lectern for emphasis each time he mentioned their development as fetuses: 18 weeks, 23 weeks, 30 weeks.
With no time limits or restrictions on a woman’s right to an abortion, Gallagher said, the amendment did nothing to protect the rights of the fetus.
“Babies like my twins at 30 weeks, their lives could be taken. And I don’t think that’s the right balance,” he said. “We can do better.”
Proponents of Proposition 1 have said the intention of the amendment was only to preserve the status quo. But in various committee hearings, the bill’s supporters seemed confused by the language of their own bill at times and scrambled to answer questions definitively about whether the amendment would preserve the viability limit or discard it.
But doctors who were involved in drafting the law, like Dr. Pratima Gupta, say that was no mistake. They left the word “viability” out on purpose.
“Every pregnancy is individual and it’s a continuum,” said Gupta, an OB-GYN in San Diego….
The above comes from an Oct. 4 posting on KQED.
This article is taken from the immoral, liberal-leftist PBS KQED TV website. The media, including PBS, has been destroying good Judeo-Christian beliefs, morality and family values for decades, now. America needs to be brought back to God and to church. Abortion should be unthinkable. Self-control, chastity and good morals for the unmarried should be taught and firmly upheld, by all in our society. Traditional (man-woman only) Marriage, Children, and the Family Home, should be cherished, upheld and strengthened by churches and the State, and by our whole society. All Satanic evil and rebellion should be destroyed. America claims to be “One Nation Under God.” With love, respect and obedience to God, America can rise to truly become the great Nation that she was meant by God to be.
LGBTs can still lead happy, productive, fulfilling lives, living chastely, and having a loving, extended family and good friends. Widows and widowers too, who suffer with grief, need good, extended, loving family and friends. The Family Home, with lots of love, is the core of civilization. Plus, belief in God and upholding good morals. Every child should be wanted, valued, and loved. If a mother is unable to care for an out-of-wedlock child, our society should be loving and ready to embrace that child, providing good adoption services. Abortion should be unthinkable. The core of all society is really the Traditional (man-woman) Marriage, Children, and Family Home, along with religious faith and good morals. Everything else in life should fit nicely around that basic, God-given core. Live to serve God, family, and country. Every country should uphold this basic, God-given concept, for happiness and success for all. Money, selfishness, self-gratification,
and sinful ways of living, won’t bring you happiness, fulfillment and true success, at all– and will destroy families, communities, and entire nations.