Moving the Needle on Abortion

All but three Democrats recently showed their faithful commitment to a culture of death in voting against a procedural motion on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act presented by Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE). The Washington Post reports that ‘The bill would require a health-care practitioner to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child’ as he or she would to ‘any other child born alive at the same gestational age.’ The bill includes criminal penalties, a right of civil action for an affected mother and a mandatory reporting requirement for other health providers.”

In the end, 53 senators voted in favor of the motion, 44 opposed, and three did not vote. 60 votes were needed for the legislation to proceed.

It is as crazy as it sounds, so let’s be clear about what we’re saying: Democrats voted against a proposal that is designed to not allow doctors and mothers to decide to let a child to die after they are born because they were unsuccessful in their attempt to kill the child in the womb. If the doctor didn’t squeeze the forceps hard enough when he tried to crush the skull, or if the poison injected in the body didn’t quite finish cooking the kid from the inside out, they might come out of the womb alive. What then? ALL of the current Democratic presidential contenders and their colleagues want to make sure someone can finish the job. It’s a lot easier when they’re outside the womb; they can just bleed out or suffocate. Sounds brutal, I know. Because it is. This is pure, unadulterated evil.

However, there are at least two things to consider while this issue gets another 12 hours or so before the news cycle changes.

The Failure of the GOP

For all the sanctimonious talk from the GOP about abortion, they’ve had plenty of opportunities to do something about it, but they haven’t. We had two years of the House, the Senate, and the executive branch in the hands of the GOP recently and exactly no substantial legislation to stop abortion. Remember all that “defund Planned Parenthood” talk way back when we were electing a new president? It stirred up a few votes I’m sure, but it didn’t result in any action. Remember, the Republicans voted on a budget that didn’t defund PP, but continued to fund the assassins with your tax dollars. So they can all pretend like they’re shocked by the outcome of the vote, but it’s not like they’ve done a whole lot other than say what their constituents want to hear. I’m not wanting to assume motives, but I certainly want to point out when there’s a lot of smoke without fire.

Pro-Aborts are Moving the Needle

For the Democrats, this is part of a bigger plan to continue moving the needle on abortion. Here’s the reality: yes, a lot of people are (rightfully) disturbed by the latest vote, but pro-aborts aren’t in a battle to win the battle, they want to win the war. They know it is a losing strategy to immediately advocate for infanticide like Peter Singer who wrote, “Human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons.” But animals are self-aware, and therefore, “the life of a newborn is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog, or a chimpanzee.” However, the conversation has inched in that direction more and more. Pay attention to the arguments: When does the fetus feel pain? When is a fetus sentient? When is a fetus viable outside the womb? These aren’t random questions being asked, they’re deliberate and calculated. No woman talks about the fetus she’s about to deliver and nobody asks her when the fetus is due—technical as the language is, it is intended to sterilize the conversation to dehumanize the child. 

The reality is that many people in the nation seem at this point to have enough of a moral alertness to understand there is something fundamentally wrong with letting a newborn baby die after the first assassination attempt was unsuccessful. However, I’m stunned at the double-speak that would allow for abortion at any point in the pregnancy. The reality is that pro-aborts are the only ones being consistent here. I think their position is the epitome of evil, but they have the courage to move to the logical end of their argument. Unfortunately, many who advocate for life in word are impotent when it comes to following their logic to the moment of conception. 

Be there no mistake, the needle has moved to this point because of all the compromises that have taken place through the years at the hands of “right to life” types who have a lot more to say than they’re willing to do. Sure, ten years ago infanticide was unheard of, but the needle will move again and Peter Singer’s philosophy will be a reality. If killing a child outside the womb is now acceptable, why not when they’re two or three years old? After all, we let them convince us that being inside the womb changed their humanity up until birth, or at twenty weeks, or until they felt pain…are we really surprised they all voted no?