To the Editor
It’s about time!
Once upon a time, we had a minor politician who advocated for the legality of the practice of stabbing a partially born baby in the back of his or her head with a medical scissors to kill the baby. (That’s called a ‘partial-birth abortion’.) At a time when strong bipartisan majorities in the U.S. Senate and House were voting to ban partial-birth abortions, Barack Obama was a state senator in Illinois. When given a chance to vote to end partial-birth abortions in that state, Obama was one of just a handful who voted to allow the brutal practice continue.
While running for President in 2008, Obama claimed to be willing to accept some restriction on partial-birth abortion, but only if the abortionist was totally free to declare a health exception and do the partial-birth abortion anyway – in other words, only if there was no protection whatsoever for the baby. How was he rewarded? He was elected President of the United States.
Even in 2008, the practice of partial birth abortions was ‘nothing new’. In 2000, Connie Chung had reported on ABC News about the practice of partial birth abortions. Gloria Phelps, the then president of Planned Parenthood, went so far as to say on TV, “(the practice) . . . seems totally inappropriate.” But that didn’t mean Planned Parenthood stopped doing what they do (which goes far beyond handing out contraceptives!).
In 2010, Abby Johnson, former Executive Director of Planned Parenthood, had an epiphany about the horrors of abortion after participating in an actual abortion. With ultrasound, Abby watched the fetal child trying to get away from the death probe. The baby didn’t escape – she was killed. To her credit, Abby Johnson became ‘pro-life’ when she realized that abortion resulted in the death of a child! Abby left Planned Parenthood and went on to speak out about the lies presented by the organization.
In 2012, the USA reelected President Obama. (According to the Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit organization which works to advance reproductive health, approximately 4.3 million babies had been aborted in the USA during Obama’s first term as President.)
In 2013, Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor from Pennsylvania, was convicted of the deaths of several children. He’d killed babies after they were born. Also in 2013, Life Dynamics Inc., a national pro-life organization located in Texas, released an interview with three former abortion clinic workers which prove Gosnell’s practice is not an anomaly. Abortionists do what they do – they kill babies and to some, it doesn’t matter whether the baby has been fully born, partially born, or ‘protected’ in the womb. Life Dynamics also released undercover videos showing how Planned Parenthood abortion clinics (including one here in NJ) coached ‘clients’ to respond to questions so it might not appear that the clinic was violating any laws when they were killing babies. Life Dynamics and other pro-life groups and individuals exposed one culture of death atrocity after another.
Meanwhile, taxpayers continued to fund Planned Parenthood. (By then, Cecile Richards had replaced Gloria Phelps, as president of Planned Parenthood.)
In April 2014, a report came out of Canada; “Aborted human fetuses are being shipped from British Columbia to the United States, where they are incinerated to provide electricity for Oregon residents”. The British Columbia Health Ministry admitted that’s what had been happening. Did any of us hear anything about that atrocity? Was it in ‘the news’? Did our politicians speak out against that? No, no and no!
Now, in mid-2015 a ‘viral video’ describes one of the reasons Planned Parenthood supports/assists and endorses abortions – IT’S PROFITABLE! In an ‘undercover video’, the Senior Director of Planned Parenthood discusses how fetal baby parts are in demand, and how steps are taken to ensure less damage to the more valuable parts of the baby while the baby is being crushed and killed! (Watch the video at https://youtu.be/jjxwVuozMnU )
The above is far from a complete list of important events during the last several years about killing babies. But it does show a ‘thread’ that cannot be denied. We Americans, by-and-large – have become accustomed to abortions while we become more inured to the plight of the children destroyed by the practices. So it’s somewhat gratifying, to me at least, to see that Congress has suddenly awakened to these horrors. Members are calling for ‘probes’ into the ‘allegations’ in the viral video. To that I say, “It’s About Time!”
House Speaker John Boehner also urged the Obama administration “to denounce, and stop, these gruesome practices . . . ” (Good luck with that, Mr. Boehner! Just as a leopard does not ‘change his spots’, I cannot envision President Obama doing anything that conflicts with the position he’s taken since he was that ‘minor politician’ I mentioned in the first sentence! Why would he? This is not ‘news’ to him!)
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