Is there a point too far for even pro-choice Americans to accept when it comes to abortion?
Nick Bell is betting there is, and that point is after birth!
Bell, a Republican, is running for the legislature in the heavily Democratic 39th district in Virginia. Why? Because, he says, a friend sent him a video of Virginia Democrat Kathy Tran talking about the bill she was proposing (in January, tabled for now) to repeal restrictions on late-term abortions.
Asked how late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion because of the mother’s “mental health,” Tran answered: “I mean, through the third trimester. The third trimester goes all the way to 40 weeks.”
When Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia “doubled down” in explaining the bill and “supported infanticide” in the now infamous interview on WTOP radio, saying that if a woman went into labor while an abortion was being performed, the “infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable” and “the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired,” Bell realized “someone needs to step up.” This is about a “fully-formed person … literally on a table, crying”; this has “nothing to do with politics … everyone can agree that that life must be protected.” (You can see clips from the Tran and Northam videos in Bell’s campaign ad, here.)
Bell is correct that the majority of Americans understand this, are against late-term abortion, and aghast at infanticide. However, many are swayed by the relentless propaganda of the media in collusion with the abortion industry, who tell them they are misunderstanding the reach of such legislation.
Defenders of Tran and Northam repeat things like, this would “only” be for severely disabled fetuses, meaning that 1) it is ok to kill persons who are disabled; and 2) skirting the fact that the mother — sometimes with the father — gets to decide what is “severe,” which might mean inconvenient.
Proponents also say things like: “Trust women! No women would choose a late-term abortion for anything but a heart wrenching, tragic situation.”
Really? Why? Because all women are good? Because no women are coerced?
I wrote here about Melissa Ohden, whose mother was coerced into an attempted abortion, and whose grandmother, a nurse, instructed the doctor to let born-alive Melissa die on the table. But a nurse could not stand seeing the baby struggling to breathe and rushed her to the NICU, saving her life.
Another common rationale: “Come on, these late-term or born-alive situations represent a tiny number of the overall abortion rate.” So? If something is wrong, say, homicide, all kinds of it are wrong, even if some of the more gruesome methods — let’ say, beheading — account for a tiny number of the overall body count.
This is the kind of dangerous anti-logic spouted by Bell’s opponent, Vivian Watts, who, is so extreme, Bell says, she makes Tran look like an “angel.”
From her website:
“When Life Begins: I believe the very complex decision of when life begins is deeply personal, moral decision.”
Huh? I know that, even though it is quite obvious scientifically that a new life begins at conception, some like to argue that life doesn’t begin until fertilization, or when a heartbeat is detected. But what Watts is saying is, it’s really up to us to decide, as long as we claim “complexity.” According to this reasoning, if a woman decides in a “complex and personal” manner that her daughter’s life doesn’t “begin” until her fourth birthday, she should have the "right" to kill her three-year-old.
Watts goes on: "I will continue to defend that position in all of the challenging and complex ways that it comes before the Virginia General Assembly, including birth control; in vitro fertilization; a women's right to an abortion under Roe v. Wade; a person’s right to have an advanced medical directive carried out; and stem cell research in the treatment of disease and disabilities."
To be clear: what she supports is Tran's bill, which goes far beyond Roe; she supports the killing of human embryos in stem cell research to aid treatment for people with diseases or disabilities, but only if those persons are not already killed just before or after birth because they have a disease or disability. And to top it off, she supports parents deciding on their own when life begins.
The bottom line is this: In a moral society, law is supposed to protect life.
Can’t everyone agree that life must be protected?
Let’s hope Nick Bell's truth-telling rings loud and clear in Virginia.
Maria McFadden Maffucci is the editor of the Human Life Review, www.humanlifereview.com, a quarterly journal devoted to the defense of human life, founded in 1974 by her father, James P. McFadden, Associate Publisher of National Review. She is President of the Human Life Foundation, based in midtown Manhattan, which publishes the Review and supports pregnancy resource centers. Mrs. Maffucci’s articles and editorials have appeared in the Human Life Review, First Things, National Review Online, National Review, Verily, and Crux. A Holy Cross graduate with a BA in Philosophy, she is married to Robert E. Maffucci, and the mother of three children. Her interests include exploring opportunities for individuals with special needs. To read more of her reports — Click Here Now.
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