It was a startling moment in the frenetic and furious presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., repeated her (questionable) claim that she once lost a job because she became pregnant, and then said, "At least I didn't have a boss who said to me, 'Kill it,' the way that Mayor Bloomberg alleged to have said to one of his pregnant employees."
While Warren’s strategy was obviously to expose Bloomberg as a misogynist bully, she also exposed the hypocrisy of her own stance on abortion. Using the word "kill"was meant to shock, but Warren might as well have said to Bloomberg "How dare you tell a woman to kill her own child? Only she gets to decide to do that!"
It’s the job discrimination she objects to, not the killing. And yet she let slip a truth abortion advocates work strenuously to hide — "terminating a pregnancy" means killing a live human being.
Obviously such an exchange is inhumane and demeaning to the woman and her unborn child, who is not an "it" but a developing, biologically unique male or female human.
Concern for the unborn child has been rejected by each Democratic presidential candidate. While giving lip service to supporting women in all the reproductive choices they make, all the Democratic candidates support a radical abortion license that goes all-in for the one choice that kills, even after birth. On the same day of the Charleston debate the Democrats blocked the passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (as well as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act), which is meant to protect born babies who survive abortion procedures.
Last year, at an event in Iowa, as Sen. Warren was promising healthcare for all citizens, she was confronted with this from a man in the audience: "What about the babies that survive abortion? . . . How come they can’t have healthcare?” Warren dismissed the question, repeating twice, "Infanticide is illegal everywhere in America."
While it is true that the Born Alive Infants Protection Act was signed into law in 2002, it passed with no requirements or penalties. Most states do not require reporting on born-alive infants or require that the infants have medical care — thus the need for the proposed legislation.
The Democratic candidates have rejected appeals from their own party to consider the views of those whose convictions extend to the right to life of unborn and newly born humans.
In a dramatic live moment on a January 26 Fox Town Hall with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Kristen Day, president of Democrats for Life, addressed the candidate, "I am a proud pro-life Democrat. So do you want the support of pro-life Democrats, pro-life Democratic voters? There are about 21 million of us. And if so, would you support more moderate platform language in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity, of inclusion really does include everybody?"
Mayor Buttigieg answered, "Well, I respect where you're coming from, and I hope to earn your vote. But I'm not going to try to earn your vote by tricking you. I am pro-choice. And I believe that a woman ought to be able to make that decision."
Moderator Chris Wallace asked Ms. Day if she was satisfied with the answer. No, she said, "because he did not answer the second part of my question. And the second part was, the Democratic platform contains language that basically says that we don't belong, we have no part in the party, because it says abortion should be legal up to nine months, the government should pay for it, and there's nothing that says that people who have a diversity of views on this issue should be included in the party."
Buttigieg reasserted his support for abortion rights. And hoped they would agree on "other issues."
In a USA Today Opinion piece she wrote about the exchange, Ms. Day said, "The reality today is that the Democratic Party, hounded by abortion extremists, is deep in the pockets of the pro-choice lobby. As much as today’s candidates talk about ending big money in politics, they make one major exception: the family planning and abortion lobby, a $3 billion industry that pads the wallets of political candidates to protect its own interests."
So as Warren tried to score points by alleging Bloomberg’s cruelty to women, her virtue posturing rings hollow when we consider that she is just as dismissive of the vulnerable life in question as he is.
"Kill it" is harsh and heartless because there is a living someone who is vulnerable to slaughter.
Maria McFadden Maffucci is the editor in chief 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. 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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