Now that’s EXTREME!

The debate over the Texas abortion bill that soon will become law was predictable.   The bill would  ban most abortions after 20 weeks, require abortion facilities to meet the same requirements as ambulatory surgery centers and require the doctors who perform them to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

When abortion advocates have no argument they call you names:  Texas governor Rick Perry and the legislators who support this measure have been call radical, fascist, right-wing, misogynist and worse.  However, the most common adjective used to describe the measure and its supporters is “extreme.”

In fact, the word extreme has been used so often its meaning has been lost.  It is not a simple expletive to be hurled willy-nilly at one’s political opponents.  

Examine its definitions and then decide for yourself which side is really extreme:

Existing in a very hight degree:  Each year the Centers for Disease Control reports abortion statistic gleaned from the states.  These figures are woefully inadequate due to the fact that there is no law that requires states to report these statistics.  Many don’t.  Planned Parenthood’s research arm, the Alan Guttmacher Institute is another, less neutral source.  A conservative estimate is 1.2 million a year.  Approximately 4 of every 10 pregnancies end in abortion.  In short, some 4,000 abortions are done every day for any reason, with little or no forethought about the developing child, the livelong consequences or the complications that can and do occur.  That’s extreme!

Exceeding the ordinary:  The U.S. is among only four nations in the entire world to allow abortions for any reason after viability, a dubious distinction that we share with Canada and the totalitarian regimes of China and North Korea.  Now that’s extreme!

Is the proposed Texas law that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks reasonable?  According to the world’s standards it is.  The U.S. is one of only nine nations to allow abortions after 14 weeks of gestation.  Now that’s extreme!

Going to great lengths:  Pro-life groups continue to press abortion activists and the organizations that promote them to come up with any restriction they would support.  There is none.  They steadfastly defended partial birth abortion, an unnecessary brutal form of infanticide.  Many would refuse to protect children who survive botched abortions.  They are against informed consent laws, and are now railing against having abortion mills meet the same requirements imposed on every other outpatient surgery center.  Now that’s extreme!

Situated from the farthest possible point from the center:  With the wide-spread use of realtime ultrasound imaging most people now understand that after the fifth month of pregnancy a baby is moving about, she has all her vital organs, responds to light and sound, can recognize her mothers voice as well as familiar songs and, more importantly, responds to painful stimuli.  

A recent Gallup poll found that the overwhelming majority of Americans are uncomfortable with our abortion law as it stands.  Eighty percent want abortion banned in the third trimester and 64 percent want it banned in the second trimester.  Clearly, the 26 percent who support the law are outside the norm and fall into the extreme category!

The issue of fetal pain has been hotly debated in Texas and many other states.  Medical experts agree that children at this stage of development are physically able to feel pain.  However, there is widespread disagreement over whether these little ones are able to fully process that pain.  

Honest clinicians on both sides acknowledge that the jury is still out, although infants born at the cusp of viability cry and respond to pain in much the same way any other newborn would.  Also, when surgery is done in utero, these tiny patients are routinely anesthetized. 

If we are going to err, shouldn’t it be on the side of sparing these defenseless little ones from even the possibility of a painful death?  To do anything less would be extreme!

Texas will become the 13th state to ban abortions after 20 weeks.  However, these state laws conflict with the 1973 Supreme Court Decisions Roe v Wade and (more importantly) the companion case of Doe v Bolton, which defines a woman’s health in such a way that it is completely subjective and meaningless. 

One or more of these laws likely will become a test case to challenge Roe and Doe which gave this country one of the most permissive abortion policies on earth.   Now that’s extreme!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Now that’s EXTREME!

  1. Well reported with excellent clarity and detail. Being a wordsmith I liked your approach to pointing out what is “extreme.”

    What I still object to is the 20 week timeline. Conception is the beginning of life and implantation is the second step toward life. Sometimes implantation does not occur which is nature’s way, but even without implantation, life was started.

    Texas has at least made a step in the right direction. But we must all live with the fact that killing a living human being, even though he or she is still in the womb, is still murder.

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  2. Good Job Jane,
    We just had a niece born, dead at just past 20 plus weeks on Father’s Day. They dressed Elsie and held her and took pictures as well as her hand prints and foot prints. It’s confusing to see how they can argue the viability of these precious little ones at any stage but especially when they are more then 20 weeks. Common Sense tells us otherwise even without the pictures. A friend just quoted to me recently that common sense is so rare now days it’s like a super hero power when it does occur!! Sure seems to be the case on this issue!

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  3. When the usual suspects (the fascist left) were advocating for abortion, leading up to Roe vs. Wade, they promised that abortion would be safe and rare. They frightened the useful idiots with tales of back alley abortions with coat hangers.
    Now abortion is commonplace and we have murdered well over 60,000,000 of the unborn. The mothers are often horribly injured or die themselves; forgive me if I am unable to summon up much sympathy for them. Late term and partial birth abortions have become the norm, and houses of horror like Dr. Gossett’s murder factory are far from the exception. Pro abortion feminists in Texas mobbed the Texas Legislature with some wearing diapers so as to be able to fling their excrement at any who dared oppose them…as the saying goes, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.
    The fact is that all of this was planned even before Roe vs. Wade, and if partial birth abortions and murdering even the newborn become fully legal, even that will not be enough to satisfy the insatiable blood lust of the wicked. If it is all right to murder the almost born, why not the newborn? And what difference is there between a newborn and a one year old, or between a one year old and a two year old? And so on.
    The fact is that there is no limit to the madness and cruelty of the elites and their cowardly, thuggish henchmen, and their henchwomen, the twisted sisters of radical feminism. The real end is the degradation, enslavement, and finally the extermination of the entire human race.

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