Condemning Infanticide By Bill Bush
Last week New York passed a bill that allows third-trimester abortions. Virginia is debating a similar bill. For full disclosure, I haven’t read either bill. And I’m not going to comment on the bills or on either the pro-abortion and pro-life commentaries regarding the bills. My response here is to two videos I watched this week. The first video showed the testimony of Virginia House member Kathy Tran. She is a sponsor of a bill in the state of Virginia that would allow abortions to take place during the third trimester of pregnancy. She said that the bill would allow abortions up to the point of birth, even after the mother has dilated. My daughter was born five days before her due date. On her due date, if she would have still been in her mom’s womb, according to this bill, she could have been aborted instead of turning five days old. I’m not a physician, but it seems to me the primary differences between a “fetus” and a baby that late in a pregnancy are the location (outside vs. inside the womb) and a severed umbilical cord. Tran said that abortions would be allowed when the physical or mental health of the mother was at risk. I can understand having a tough conversation in situations where the choice comes down to saving either the mother or the child’s life. But killing a baby to prevent the mental illness of the mother? I don’t comprehend. And to make matters worse, Tran said that a physician would not be required to have special training in mental health under her bill. What was more disturbing than her testimony was Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s radio interview about the bill. In speaking about unborn children that had deformities or were nonviable, he said, “So in this particular example, if the mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if this is what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.” According to Northam, abortions can be completed after birth. Excuse me, Governor Northam, but at this point it’s called infanticide, not abortion. And what is it about having a deformity (no matter how severe) that forces a child to give up his/her right to life? What is the difference between allowing abortions for deformities or for other physical attributes like say skin color? Shouldn’t all life have equal value? The beginning of personhood is a hotly debated topic in this country, but who in their right mind defines it after birth? Unfortunately, this argument isn’t new. Many Democrats have voted against bills introduced to protect children that were born alive. What has our society come to that we need to pass bills to protect children already born? The Democrat Party is coming unhinged, acting like a rebellious teenager. In order to push a radical agenda, they’re attempting to redefine truth, science, and common sense. From redefining gender to unlawfully opposing immigration laws to now advocating for infanticide, they seem to be challenging anything and everything in order to create anger and division. I’m a registered Independent and not a fan of the Republican Party, but if you have to support infanticide to be a Democrat, where else is one to turn?
Article in the Harvey County Independent.