Conservatives are fighting back against abortion in the wake of states such as New York allowing abortion right up until the moment before birth, with Alabama causing outrage among liberals by enacting the strictest abortion laws in the nation.
Amid this environment, there is little doubt that abortion will be a key topic in the 2020 battle for the presidency of the United States. But it won’t stop there.
The battle over pro-life or pro-choice is going to extend to all political offices, from the federal government to local and state governments.
Conservatives, especially those in the country’s middle, are standing up against the more loosely defined abortion laws being enacted by liberal state governments on the nation’s coasts.
At least 10 states are now considering so-called “heartbeat” abortion bills, which would ban abortions after the presence of a heartbeat in the fetus, although some states may consider exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother was in peril.
Missouri isn’t far behind Alabama in passing a heartbeat abortion bill, followed by Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio.
President Trump seems to favor the foregoing definition, as well as the aforementioned exceptions to allowing abortion.
And in that definition, Trump and many other conservatives, while staunchly pro-life, feel Alabama’s abortion law goes too far.
Therefore, there is likely to be some debate even between conservatives as to which is the right balance for pro-life legislation
For many conservatives, abortion law comes down to one simple thing: What constitutes life?
For many conservatives, this is answered in one word: heartbeat.
Technically, under the definition of “clinical death,” a combination of three factors determine whether someone is living or not. The three factors are: Heartbeat + respiration + brain activity. The absence of these factors means a person is no longer living.
Therefore, the presence of these attributes should also be the indication that a person is alive.
This definition also differs from what is called “legal death,” wherein a physician that a person can no longer be revived for resuscitation efforts. Some states conclude that a person can be pronounced “legally dead” under brain death when there is no brain activity.
Other states, such as New Jersey, require that a person have no heartbeat + no respiration to be declared legally dead.
Therefore, some argue that the presence of a heartbeat and respiration also indicate that a person is legally alive, and seek to use such measurements as determining whether a fetus is alive and a true “person.”