As the U.S. Supreme Court is getting ready to hear a case to determine whether a Mississippi late-term abortion restriction law is constitutional, the state has incurred major criticism from America’s mainstream media for being too conservative and pro-life, according to Christian Headlines.
Do as Europe does?
Ironically, with the left frequently looking to Europe for justification to implement more liberal laws in the U.S., a study conducted by the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute that was released last week found that 47 of Europe’s 50 nations currently have restrictions that are similar to – or even more restrictive – than the Mississippi law under review.
The contested pro-life law – the Gestational Age Act passed by Mississippi legislature in 2018 – bans abortion after a woman carries the preborn child to is 15th week of her pregnancy, while allowing exceptions for fetal abnormality and medical emergencies.
By the left’s standards – and according to the study – Europe is even more conservative when it comes to abortion than one of America’s most right-wing and pro-life states.
“The majority (27) of European countries that allow elective abortion limit it to 12 weeks,” The Charlotte Lozier Institute study divulged. “This finding demonstrates that Mississippi’s law limiting elective abortion to 15 weeks is neither extreme nor outside the norm in comparison to European practice.”
Chuck Donovan, president of the pro-life organization, tells American Family News the U.S. is one of the 8 to 10 most liberal jurisdictions in the world.
"Some of our states allow abortion until term, without any limits, paid for with insurance money or public money. And very few countries do that," he says. "Our newest study's all about how we compare to Europe, and that comparison shows that the United States again has one of the most liberal abortion policies in the world."
Angelina B. Nguyen, an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, noted that no state in the U.S. prohibits elective abortion after 15 weeks under Supreme Court precedent and she compared this to European law.
“No European country allows elective abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, as is permitted in the United States, where Supreme Court precedent only allows states to regulate it after viability,” Nguyen explained. “The Mississippi late-term abortion restriction at 15 weeks is not extreme by any measure when compared with European law.”
Europe stepping up for the preborn more than the U.S.
In fact, post-Christian Europe surprisingly takes more measures to protect the preborn than the U.S. – a Christian nation whose Founders based its laws in the Bible.
“Out of the 42 European countries that allow elective abortion, 39 countries limit elective abortion to 15 weeks’ gestation or earlier,” the study found. “The majority of these 39 European countries set gestational limits for elective abortion at or before 12 weeks’ gestation – five European countries limit elective abortion to 10 weeks’ gestation (Croatia, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey), [while] 27 European countries limit elective abortion to 12 weeks’ gestation.”
Only two nations (Austria and Italy) limit elective abortions between 12 and 14 weeks’ gestation, while five (Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania and Spain) limit it to 14 weeks.
And just three of the 42 European countries that allow elective abortions after 15 weeks – having the most pro-abortion laws – are Sweden (18 weeks), Iceland (22 weeks) and the Netherlands (24 weeks).
Calling abortion what it is …
The brutality of murdering preborn children with the womb – commonly euphemized in medical terminology as a dilation and evacuation abortion – is described in Mississippi law.
“[Past 15 weeks, abortions mostly involve the] use of surgical instruments to crush and tear the unborn child apart,” Mississippi law states. “The Legislature finds that the intentional commitment of such acts for nontherapeutic or elective reasons is a barbaric practice – dangerous for the maternal patient and demeaning to the medical profession.”