But that willingness to defend pro-life laws on appeal is lacking almost everywhere else. Obviously it does little good to pass a pro-life law if state Attorneys General and other officials are unwilling to defend them fully through appeal. Last fall a federal court in North Carolina blocked a law there that was similar to the law in Texas, but apparently no one appealed. The result is that thousands of hours in effort by pro-lifers in enacting that good law failed to save any babies. More recently, a federal court in Mississippi blocked a good law prohibiting abortions there unless the physician has local hospital privileges so he can handle any complications. A similar law has worked well in Missouri for years, but no immediate appeal was filed in Mississippi so the law has not accomplished anything.
Passing pro-life legislation is not enough. The laws must also be defended when challenged in court.
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