Today conservative representatives -- who hold a majority in the state legislature -- approved some strict restrictions on abortion. Senate Bill 5 would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and limit them to surgical centers. Opponents claim this bill will shut down almost all of the 42 abortion clinics in the state. Cecile Richards, daughter of former Texas governor Ann Richards, says this will force pregnant women to seek dangerous back-alley abortions. That same old saw. Of course, Cecile is President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. And Planned Parenthood is in the abortion business.
Democrats tried to add amendments that would have rendered the bill impotent, and dragged out the debate for over fifteen hours before the Republicans said "enough"and the vote was held: 97-33 in favor, with several Democrats jumping the aisle. Rep. Sylvester Turner, a Democrat from Houston who opposed the bill, said, "It may be in the dark of night now ... but the sun will shine on each and every one of us, and we will be held accountable." That is correct, Mr. Turner, and I don't think you're going to like the judgment that will be passed on you.
Rep. Jody Laubenberg, Republican from Parker, the bill's sponsor, commented that the "back alley clinic today is the abortion clinic." Planned Parenthood has the gall to claim that there are 8.9 maternal deaths for every one million abortions, as compared to 12.1 per 100,000 deaths. They don't mention that the 12.1 per 100,000 figure INCLUDES deaths related to abortion, or that many deaths go unreported. State health departments link the death certificates of women of reproductive age to birth and fetal death certificates. But there are no death certificates issued for the victims of abortion, and often any records the clinics produce are thrown away. Abortion is not a safe procedure. Some directly related consequences include cervical incompetence, perforation of the uterus, an increased chance of cancer (supported by 28 worldwide studies) and death. Then we have cases of nervous disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, sexual dysfunction, chronic depression and suicide. And finally, the Planned Parenthood numbers do not include the one million non-maternal deaths per one million abortions.
Rep. Laudenburg's definition of abortion clinics as "back alley" in nature arose from her concern of the nearly nonexistent standards. The back alley butchery that illustrates pro-abortion scare tactics doesn't hold a candle to what is actually done every day -- over 3,000 times a day in the United States alone -- in abortion clinics. To abort fetuses that are 6-12 weeks old, such clinics either utilize suction aspiration, which basically tears the fetus apart and suctions the pieces out through a tube, or D&C (Dilation & Curretage) in which a razor-sharp loop at the end of a thin metal rod is inserted into the uterus and used to dismember the fetus; the parts then removed by aspiration.
A partial-birth abortion, when the unborn child is six to nine months in the womb, has the baby delivered breech, and then a catheter is inserted at the base of the skull to suck out the brain, which causes the skull to collapse; at that point the delivery is completed. There's more, but you've probably read enough. I know I have.
There have been over 50 million abortions in the United States since Roe v Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that led to this holocaust. Approximately 25% of all pregnancies in the U.S. these days are aborted. The irony is that Norma McCorvey (Roe) falsely claimed she had been gang-raped in order to get an abortion. The truth came out in 1988 when she confessed and subsequently became pro-life.
That was just the first of many lies told to support an abortion industry that rakes in almost a billion dollars a year for abortions alone. It's all about profit, not about health. Consider the support for the RU486 drug by many abortion providers, even though studies clearly show that medical abortions cause more pain and considerably more bleeding. (Here's just one: Kelly T, Suddes J, Howel D, Hewison J, Robson S. Comparing medical versus surgical termination of pregnancy at 13-20 weeks of gestation: a randomised controlled trial. BJOG 2010;117:1512–1520. DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2010.02712.x). Abortion providers like medical abortions because they can process more abortions more quickly and with less expense to them; the profit margin is higher.
Is there ever a justification for abortion? When the mother's life is endangered, then a decision has to be made, and one life may need to be sacrificed to save the other. In the case of rape? No, not the baby's fault, and there are other options if the mother can't bring herself to raise it, such as adoption. Wouldn't you know it, though, that only one out of every 120 women counseled by Planned Parenthood chooses adoption. Why? One can speculate because it takes time, can be complicated, and would involve a lot of people knowing about the pregnancy. The most common reason given for having an abortion? The failure of contraception. Actually, it would be more precise to say the failure of contraception that has led to an inconvenience. About half of the women who have abortions are 25 years old or younger, and a pregnancy would negatively impact their lives. They are often un- or under-employed. Many do not have health insurance. Many are single, and the child's father has turned his back. Sometimes they don't want their families to know; in other cases the parents force the young woman to have an abortion.
There is no question that pregnancy is a life-changing event. However, as potentially serious as the above-mentioned situations might be, none justify the taking of a life. Any sympathy I might have for those in such a situation is terminated when they take the easy way out. Not to mention the cheap way -- $400 will pay for the killing of a baby. Life really is cheap in this country. And I won't waste my time in a discussion about when a unborn child has a "life." In my opinion, when sperm fertilizes the oocyte, the process of life is begun. Before you call me a Cro-Magnon, know that many physicians agree: http://prolifephysicians.org/lifebegins.htm
You would think organizations like Planned Parenthood, that purport to have the health and well-being of women as a goal, would do more than scoff at the notion of abstinence when it comes to counseling the young. Instead, they peddle clearly obscene "educational" material for schoolchildren which is obviously designed to heighten their interest in sex and create future business. Ironically, theNew York Times and Washington Post rejected a full page ad submission by the pro-life American Life League because it was "too graphic" and "shocking." Why was it too graphic and shocking? Because it displayed some of the very material Planned Parenthood distributes to our children. (http://moonbattery.com/?p=29660)! The ALL also produced a video featuring the Planned Parenthood material, which can be seen, at present, online here... http://restore-dc-catholicism.blogspot.com/2012_02_01_archive.html.
Truth is, we've got too many people believing that the unborn child is not a living thing, and that it has no rights, and that it's easy and inexpensive to dispose of it if it is or will become a problem. Sex is on the rise among teens. So are STDs -- sexually-transmitted diseases. Condom use is down. Condoms are a buzz killer, anyway. Have fun and if a pregnancy occurs, just abort it. Failure of contraception? No, the real reason is all too often a failure of conscience and common sense.
The Abortion Holocaust