Matthew 19:18 ESV “And Jesus said, “You shall not murder…”
Editor’s Note: Throughout the scriptures, God has made it clear that shedding innocent blood is murder, and no murderer will enter heaven. In addition to the death of the unborn baby, abortion also substantially harms the women and many times, families, husbands, boyfriends and a whole sphere of relationships connected to and surrounding each abortion. Often, lifelong guilt and other social, relational, spiritual and even physical problems follow the murder of innocent babes in the womb. Pastor Jim Bakker believes that this issue, abortion, may be the single most significant issue that brings God’s judgment on this nation more than any other.
A federal appeals court has struck down Idaho’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a woman who filed a class action lawsuit against the law. She had been facing criminal charges for an abortion after 20 weeks.
Jennie McCormack illegally obtained RU-486 in 2011 through her sister. She then kept the baby’s dead body on her porch in a plastic bag when she was found out by authorities. She was charged with unlawful felony abortion which a state court dismissed. She then filed suit against Idaho’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
President Carter appointed judge Harry Pregerson stated in the ruling that 20 weeks was too restrictive.
“The twenty-week ban applies regardless of whether the fetus has attained viability,” he wrote on behalf of the panel. “The Supreme Court reaffirmed in Casey that an undue burden exists if the purpose or effect of a provision of law places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion before the fetus obtains viability.”
“Because [Idaho’s law] places an arbitrary time limit on when women can obtain abortions, the statute is unconstitutional,” Pregerson declared.
Idaho officials have not yet announced if they will appeal to the Supreme Court.