The fact that the radical feminist and pro abortion lobbies did it is no excuse. The party has allowed abortion to corrupt it. There need to be consequences.
The Women’s Health Protection Act would codify Roe v. Wade and make all abortion restrictions illegal. Every Democratic Senator except one—Joe Manchin, of course—voted for the bill yesterday in lockstep with party leaders, despite its brutal, unethical and radical objective. [In the House as well, only one Democrat thought that the lives of full term unborn human babies were worth protecting.] The bill would allow doctors to abort unborn babies at any point in a pregnancy if they determine that allowing the pregnancy to continue to birth “would pose a risk to the pregnant patient’s life or health.”
Note the woke weasel words in that proposed law. Although the title of the bill and the long introductory argument for the law mention women prominently, the proposed wording of the law itself doesn’t mention women anywhere, as an obvious sop to the trans community, which seeks to erase all gender distinctions.
The major linguistic deceit, however, is embodied by “pose a risk to the pregnant patient’s life.” Why is that phrase necessary if “health” is also in the sentence? After all, if something threatens to kill you, that’s a risk to your “health.” Ah, but “a risk to the pregnant ‘person’s’ life” is far more inclusive than that. In the “Findings and Purpose” section, right up front, we are told that
Abortion services are essential to health care and access to those services is central to people’s ability to participate equally in the economic and social life of the United States. Abortion access allows people who are pregnant to make their own decisions about their pregnancies, their families, and their lives.
Risks to “life,” in this bill, mean risks to career plans, economic opportunities and other objectives. Meanwhile, the life of the unborn child is not mentioned or alluded to in any way. In the “is isn’t what it is” world of the bill, the victims of abortions literally do not exist. The closest the proposed law comes to acknowledging the fetus is in its definition of “viability”: “the point in a pregnancy at which, in the good-faith medical judgment of the treating health care provider, based on the particular facts of the case before the health care provider, there is a reasonable likelihood of sustained fetal survival outside the uterus with or without artificial support.” The baby is reduced in this clever word salad to an adjective.
The definition of “abortion services” in the “Terms” section, incredibly, never states what an abortion is! This continues the ongoing progressive strategy of defending abortion by deliberately refusing to be transparent about the procedure’s goal: ending a nascent human life. Thus we see the deceitful focus on “choice,” and the bill seeking to eliminate any limitation on abortion being given a title that doesn’t mention abortion: “The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021.” What are abortion services, according to the bill (which was passed in the House)? This:
The term “abortion services” means an abortion and any medical or non-medical services related to and provided in conjunction with an abortion (whether or not provided at the same time or on the same day as the abortion).
Abortion means abortion! Got it! You see, it is impossible to define abortion fairly and accurately without mentioning the icky part about having to kill a separate human being. The pro-abortion Party’s solution is to not define it at all, just legalize it. The law would bypass issues of viability, the basis on which the Supreme Court is likely to significantly narrow Roe v. Wade, by ignoring viability entirely. A nine-month-old embryo, completely viable and biologically identical to a newborn baby, could still be aborted—that is, killed—if it posed a risk to the mother’s broadly defined “life.”
Senate Democrats decided to declare themselves as enemies of the unborn in defiance of a clear cultural consensus based not on misogyny but reality and human rights. A majority of Americans oppose abortion in the second and third trimesters, according all recent polls. The U.S. is already is one of eight countries, including those paragons of humanism, China and North Korea, that allow abortions past 20 weeks. Only 3 of Europe’s 50 countries allow abortion past 15 weeks, the same limit embodied in Mississippi’s abortion law now being considered by the Supreme Court.
Yet the Democratic Party decided to push for an unequivocal “Unborn Lives Don’t Matter” bill, and show that the party was proud of it, with Senate Leader Chuck Schumer bringing it to a vote despite a certain defeat.
We should be glad he did, however. The vote informed the public of just how corrupt one of our two major parties has become. It now believes that killing viable unborn children is a virtuous act, and it has come to that belief, meaning that it is willing to sacrifice millions of lives, for a purpose no less grubby than a ruthless quest for votes and power.
Source: Washington Free Beacon. The New York Times headline? “Senate Republicans Block Abortion Rights Measure.” Nah, who says the Times spins the news and is biased in favor of progressives and Democrats?