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Real Choice Is Informed Choice

Wednesday, 20 November 2002 12:00 AM

All Americans committed to ending the horror of abortion and the millions of innocent lives lost as a result of this murderous procedure have been encouraged by the triumph of pro-life forces in the Nov. 5 elections, when numerous pro-abortion candidates went down to defeat and openly pro-life candidates won all across the nation.

That election destroyed the myth long promoted by the abortion industry and its shills that being pro-life is a sure ticket to defeat – in case after case exactly the opposite proved to be true. Candidates backed by various pro-death feminist groups were soundly defeated. For example, 17 of the 22 candidates sponsored by Emily's List – a veritable who's who of pro-abortion politicians – were defeated.

What all this means is that after years of suffering one defeat after another, pro-life Americans can now look forward to a few victories. First to be won must be a ban on partial-birth abortion – a grisly practice that the majority of Americans abhor but which has been allowed to continue thanks to a handful of United States senators and former President Clinton, who vetoed a ban on the procedure when it managed to get past the Senate.

Allegedly wise political experts warn against any speedy attempts to have Congress pass a ban on the horrendous procedure, counseling patience. I beg to disagree. Based on the estimate that 5,000 babies a year are murdered at the moment of birth, through partial-birth abortion, every day Congress puts off passing a ban that President Bush is pledged to sign means another 14 babies will be drawn down their mothers' birth canals, have a pair of scissors jammed through the base of their skulls, a vacuum tube shoved into their brain cavities, and have their brains sucked out.

Every day we wait, 14 fellow human beings will die this cruel death because we failed to act promptly. Fourteen died yesterday. Fourteen more will die today.

The results of the Nov. 5 elections opened a door that has long been closed – it is no longer an unassailable fact that abortion is here to stay. But it is an unassailable fact that getting rid of it in one fell swoop simply isn't in the cards. Its roots are deeply embedded in today's culture, and in order to get rid of it pro-life forces are going to have to dig them out, one at a time.

In other words, we are a long way off from having a Supreme Court which, with one sweeping decree, will reverse Roe v. Wade.

So we have to accept the old adage that politics is the art of the possible, and set about accomplishing what can be accomplished given existing public attitudes, which for too long have been largely shaped by the well-financed propaganda machine of the billion-dollar baby-killing industry.

Despite the success of that machine in convincing an apparent majority of Americans that a woman has a constitutional right to slaughter her own offspring in the supposed sanctuary of her womb, that same majority is very uncomfortable with unrestricted abortion on demand, which most of them paradoxically admit is nothing less than murder.

And therein lies the deadliest threat to the continuation of unrestricted abortion – the abortion industry's worst nightmare is the fact that a majority of Americans favor putting some restrictions on the practice. That's why Planned Parenthood, NARAL and NOW and the other acolytes of the abortion industry are hell-bent on killing a ban on partial-birth abortion. They rightly see it as a first step toward the establishment of other restrictions on abortion on demand.

This is the area of the possible – placing certain conditions that must be met before a woman can undergo an abortion is something that can be achieved in the near future. Choosing the appropriate conditions should be the principle focus of the pro-life movement.

The abortion industry has been very clever in the use of semantics. With the aid of an overwhelmingly pro-abortion media, they have dictated the vocabulary to be used in connection with abortion. To begin with, they don't call it pro-abortion – they call it pro-choice. Unborn children don't have a right to life, women have a "right to choose" to stifle that life. Abortion, killing the unborn, becomes a civil right. Unborn babies are just "fetuses," an absurdity in light of the fact that fetus is Latin for "baby."

Okay, two can play that game. Instead of attacking pro-choice, we need to begin to demand "real choice." And the only real choice is informed choice. No rational being takes a vitally important step without first knowing the facts involved. You don't buy a car without first becoming familiar with the important details about the vehicle – things like the gas mileage you can expect, and how the various gadgets operate.

You don't make investments blindly, or have surgery without first being given the facts you need to know before you decide to go under the surgeon's scalpel.

And no abortionist should be allowed to kill the baby in a woman's womb without first telling her exactly what is being done, and to whom – not

This is where we have to start. It's doable. It is the kind of restriction the great majority of our fellow Americans will support, and support with enthusiasm.

Congress needs to enact legislation that requires the following:

Should such restrictions be imposed, abortion would all but vanish. After all, the abortion industry would have to stop lying about the fetus being nothing more than a meaningless collection of cells and tissues. Women would be made aware of what they were about to do. And you can bet that only the most heartless and depraved would then go ahead and do it.

And such legislation would not limit a woman's rights; it would expand them by giving her a real choice based on knowledge, not on the deceptive propaganda of a baby-killing industry interested not in her rights but only in the contents of her pocketbook.

So remember, "Real Choice is Informed Choice."

And keep in mind that yesterday, 14 more babies were butchered in partial-birth abortions – and today another 14 will die.

To hell with patience. Let the Senate act NOW.

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute.

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