by Matt Lacy –
A pro-life organization has announced a new way to stop abortion using existing laws and creating “states of refuge.”
Operation Save America states it “unabashedly takes up the cause of preborn children in the name of Jesus Chirst.”
The group says it is embarking on a goal of having abortion free states using a principle found in the Old Testament.
When the children of Israel settled into the Promised Land they were told by God to establish six “cities of refuge.”
These cities were intended to be a place where a person who had killed another could flee to in the case of a questionable death until a proper investigation could be conducted. It was also intended to prevent the land from being defiled if innocent blood was shed by the “avenger of blood.”
The group has identified five states that have only a single abortion clinic within its borders, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
This year the group is focusing on closing down these five clinics, thus making the entire state a “state of refuge” for the unborn. While abortion would still be legal, in order to obtain it the mother would have to travel to another state.
The lack of abortion clinics in these states has long been a concern of pro-abortion activists.
The National Abortion Federation states that a survey revealed that 88% of U.S. counties have no identifiable abortion provider and in non-metropolitan areas the number rose to 97%.
The NAF lamented there was a shortage of doctors and other healthcare professionals who are trained to assist with abortions.
As a result of the shortages, some schools and hospitals have attempted to force nurses and other healthcare workers to learn and perform abortions regardless of any personal or religious objections to the procedure.
Last year, Vanderbilt University initiated a policy requiring all nursing students to sign a pledge that they would participate in abortions as a requirement of being in the program. Following coverage of the issue by WND, the university quickly rescinded the requirement.
Nurses at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey were told they would be required to undergo abortion training as a condition of their employment and assist with the procedure regardless of conscience issues.
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