Pro-Life Advocate Kim Ketola: Mississippi’s 15-Week Abortion Ban Is ‘Sane and Humane’
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.—Mississippi’s new bill that would ban abortions after 15 weeks has pro-life Americans praising the state for its decisive actions. The bill now awaits the signature of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.
Over the weekend, Townhall.com published the newest commentary from pro-life advocate, radio host and author Kim Ketola, who wrote that the ban is both “sane and humane.”
“At first glance,” Ketola writes, “the formulation (of 15 weeks) feels arbitrary. Medical abortion is generally not practiced after 10 weeks, and the vast majority of abortions occur before the end of 12 weeks. Mississippi already has a 20-week abortion ban in place.
“According to Mississippi Today, Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, argues that later abortion carries serious health risks for the mother. He has cited statistics from the abortion rights advocates at the Guttmacher Institute on increased maternal mortality to bolster that claim. Gipson was quoted in the Chicago Tribune saying, ‘We are protecting more women, we are protecting more children. By 15 weeks, you have a child in the womb who has a heartbeat, who for all practical purposes has taken on the form of a person.’ As to protecting children, this bill would limit abortions at 15-20 weeks, which claim the lives of about 200 unborn babies every year in Mississippi.
“Legal scholars note that similar laws by other states have been found to be unconstitutional because Roe v Wade set the precedent of viability, allowing abortion up to the point of when a child can survive outside the womb—much later in pregnancy, around 24 weeks,” Ketola continues. “In light of that, some say the law is meant to test viability as a valid measure. This is a test of viability as the marker for when life has value. Science establishes when life begins: at conception. When life begins to have value is a philosophical question. And although abortion advocates have exploited the weak, dependent state of the youngest humans among us, viability is an arbitrary determinant of when we as a nation should value and protect the lives of the youngest members of the human family.
“I say that because our shared human nature is what gives each of us our intrinsic value,” she concluded. “If that is not so, then there is no such thing as equality, nor equal human rights. Abortion at any stage is inhumane, because it is the intentional killing of an innocent human being, and therefore, morally wrong. If only everyone who opposes this measure in Mississippi, and advocates for abortion on demand, could learn from her story and realize their mistake in time.”
Ketola’s program, “Cradle My Heart Today” (www.CradleMyHeart.org), provides daily truth and inspiration to choose and defend life through a one-minute radio feature airing on more than 800 stations.
Ketola, an excellent storyteller and award-winning writer and broadcaster, has used her talents, along with her faith and her own abortion experience, to unveil one of the biggest untold stories of our time—the spiritual impact of abortion on the women and men who choose it, as well as the hope available to make a better choice.