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Abortion extremism triggers major backlash across America

Abortion extremism triggers major backlash across America

by Sheila Liaugminas | April 08, 2019

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The abortion industry has been powerful and successful in rolling out long-term strategies for nearly five decades to advance access to, and reduce or eliminate restrictions on, abortion. But since January alone, we've seen a stunning tactical roll out of the most extreme measures plausibly saved for the time when the Supreme Court could soon overturn Roe v. Wade.

On the anniversary of Roe, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the radical legislation wildly misnamed the “Reproductive Health Act”. Which de facto doesn't promote reproduction or health for women and their unborn children.

Not only did Cuomo personally lobby for the RHA for years, but he insists that the bill’s ample pro-abortion provisions still aren’t enough. He has promised to campaign for having the right to abortion, including late in pregnancy, written into the state constitution. And lest you consider him a dedicated federalist, recall that he swore to sue the federal government should Roe ever be overturned. 

But Cuomo’s passion for abortion rights is still more sinister than that. On the evening that he signed the RHA, the governor announced that the spire of Freedom Tower, the building erected in lower Manhattan where the Twin Towers once stood, would be lit up in pink to celebrate the occasion, a jubilee for the unlimited right to choose death for the defenseless.

Just beside Freedom Tower, two pools mark the spot of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Around each of them are inscribed the names of every person murdered that day, and beside the names of eleven of those women the carved stone says, “and her unborn child.” Beneath Cuomo’s shrine to abortion on demand, the real story is written: These are human lives.

Not to the lawmakers and politicians helping Planned Parenthood advance a more radical abortion agenda.

Like new Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who campaigned on that promise.

“The Democratic supermajority’s proposals now pending in the Illinois General Assembly are the most pro-abortion legislative measures of their type in the country,” said Peter Breen, Vice President and Senior Counsel for the Thomas More Society, and former Illinois House Minority Floor Leader. “The barbaric procedures promoted by this legislation are nothing short of infanticide. These bills go well beyond the recent New York law and would turn Illinois into a third-trimester abortion destination and an underage abortion haven. Governor J.B. Pritzker promised that his Illinois Democrats would turn the state into the most ‘progressive’ in the country on abortion, and these bills deliver on that violent promise: Pritzker and his Democratic supermajorities would convert the ‘Land of Lincoln’ into the ‘Abortion Capital of America’.”

Which is as extreme as Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who made clear that new legislation in his state, if passed, could include what is clearly infanticide. National Review Online's David French writes “yes, it's as barbaric as you've heard”. 

Ever since Donald Trump clinched the GOP nomination, and the vast majority of GOP office-holders fell into line behind the nominee, I’ve heard and read countless critiques of GOP cowardice. Politicians are too afraid of the base to say what they really think. They’re too petrified of influential conservative media voices to break with Trump. Much of that criticism is valid, but where is the criticism of Democratic politicians who are so afraid of their own online mob that they refuse to raise their voices even against infanticide?

We aren't hearing it in complicit media, but it quickly came out in polling results soon after these extreme abortion bills got passed or even introduced and lauded.

This Marist/Knights of Columbus poll shows a remarkable leap in public opinion even and especially from Democrats and citizens who had identified as “pro-choice”.

In just one month, Americans have made a sudden and dramatic shift away from the pro-choice position and toward a pro-life stance, according to a new Marist poll.

The shift was led by Democrats and those under 45 years old, according to a survey taken Feb.12-17 in the wake of efforts in several states to legalize abortion up until birth.

“Current proposals that promote late-term abortion have reset the landscape and language on abortion in a pronounced – and very measurable – way,”...

“Arguments in favor of late-term abortion are simply not convincing the American people,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “If anything, since these proposals have been unveiled, people are moving noticeably in the pro-life direction. It is now clear that these radical policies are being pursued despite the opposition of the majority of Americans of both parties.”

So protecting the lives of the most vulnerable babies who are born alive and now outside the no longer protected mother's womb should be the most non-partisan, unanimous piece of legislation either House of Congress could consider, right?

As it has turned out so far, wrong.

Senator Ben Sasse heroically presented and set the stage for the 'Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act' in the Senate in February. Watch and listen to this floor speech, it isn't long at all, and deserves a good hearing. As did his proposed legislation.

This really shouldn't be controversial. In fact, my colleagues talk this way all the time. This place feels like about a third of the people here are currently running for president, so I'd just like to quote a few of them over the past couple of months.

We ought to "build a country where no one is forgotten, and no one is left behind." Amen to that. "People in our society who are most often targeted by predators are also often the most voiceless and the vulnerable." That's true.

Another said, or offered a promise, to "fight for other people's kids as hard as I fight for my own kids." And just last week, our colleague from Vermont announced his campaign by saying "The mark of a great nation is how it treats the most vulnerable people." Bernie Sanders was right...

Tonight, what we're going to vote on in the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is the chance to see whether people are serious around here when they say they want to protect the innocent, that they want to speak up for the voiceless, they want to defend the defenseless. Tonight, we're going to have the opportunity to do exactly that. We can come to the aid of the voiceless defenseless, innocent little babies who have just taken their first breaths by protecting him and her from mistreatment and neglect. This should frankly be the easiest vote we ever cast in this body.

But it wasn't non-partisan, it wasn't unanimous, and it didn't even succeed. It was purely political for too many senators. Here's a good summary, it contains good links to more information.

In the House of Representatives, the Democrats in leadership positions have blocked the same “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” at least 20 times. Which is why House Republican Whip Steve Scalise introduced a petition this past week that would force a floor vote in the House, once it gathered 218 signatures (a majority by one). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi couldn't stop it; all House members would have to go on record with their vote either for or against protection of babies who survive attempted abortion. And people behind that Marist poll, many Democrats and former “pro-choice” voters, would see where their elected representatives stand on extreme abortion laws.

The petition needs 21 Democrats to sign it; only a few have so far. Americans concerned about abortion extremism can and should be involved in this political process to protect innocent human life, and hold those in elected office accountable. Here's the information on the legislation, and who has signed it.

This is the least we can do for “the least of these”, as so many politicians claim they aim to protect.  

Sheila Liaugminas writes from Chicago. She is a journalist, author and host of A Closer Look on Relevant Radio.

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