We’re not any longer talking about abortion, the issue that has bitterly divided us for decades. Now we’re talking about the step beyond interfering with the process of creating a human life. We’re talking about “murder,” perhaps the ugliest word in the language.
Anything said about abortion is controversial in the present (and perhaps permanent) atmosphere. It’s the match struck in a gasoline refinery. Such carnage wrought would be an accident, horrific and deadly. But only manslaughter, not planned and premeditated murder.
This week, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, one Kathy Tran, a Democrat from Fairfax County, introduced a prospective law that would permit abortions through all 40 weeks of a human pregnancy, up to and including the moment of birth and a physician’s slap across the baby’s bottom. And, incredibly, perhaps even beyond that.
This has set off a revival of the rage over abortion and demonstrates just how far the abortion lobby has expanded the Roe v. Wade definition of what the U.S. Supreme Court said was a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. Slippery slope, indeed.
Within hours the renewal of the debate moved from the Virginia Legislature to the U.S. Senate, where Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, asked the senators to approve his Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would presumably prevent infants from being born alive and having to pay the ultimate price for it.
When Mrs. Tran’s colleagues heard the text of the proposed legislation, some of them were astonished by what they thought they had heard. “Where it is obvious a woman is about to give birth, that she has physical signs that she is about to give birth,” asked Del. Todd Gilbert, “would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she were so certified? She’s dilating.”
Replied Mrs. Tran: “My bill would allow that.”
Update 3:32am February 2nd, 2019: