Obama's Late-Term Abortion Conundrum |
June 24, 3013
The House passed a historic piece of legislation last week that prohibits late
The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” -- introduced by Rep. Trent
Franks (R-AZ) along with 187 co-sponsors and passed in the House by a vote of
228 to 196 -- prohibits abortion after 20 weeks.
As Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) noted in her remarks, science is clear that, at
the end of the second trimester of pregnancy, the unborn child feels pain.
This initiative was a response in the House to the outrage triggered by the
Kermit Gosnell tragedy, with the Philadelphia abortion doctor recently convicted
of murdering three children through late term abortions.
While science and common sense make it clear that a child in the womb after 5
months is living, moving, and feeling, our President -- who likes to present
himself as a man of compassion -- has wasted no time in promising to veto this
bill. In fact, he doesn’t even want to have the conversation.
Immediately after the bill passed the House, the Executive Office of the
President issued a statement saying that this bill was “an assault on a woman’s
right to choose” and that if presented with the bill, the President’s “senior
advisors would recommend that he veto” it.
Does a woman’s “right to choose” really include murder?
Don't the American people at least deserve an explanation from their President
as to why a child -- moving and feeling in its mother’s womb -- is not life? And
if it is life, why it is not murder to kill this child? And if it is murder, why
should it be legal in a nation that claims to be civil, moral, and free?
You might think that differences in ideas and values are what divide our
country, but perhaps the real divider is words.
Who would challenge the words in our Declaration of Independence, written almost
two and a half centuries ago, that “all Men are created equal” with rights to
“life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”?
Today, a black man sits in the White House, but at the time of our nation’s
founding, black skin was enough to disallow a man from being legally considered
Americans look back in disbelief that this was once so -- that someone who
looked just like our President couldn’t even be treated like a human being.
We’re still having a hard time with words -- especially the word "life." Perhaps
with no small amount of irony, the black man in the White House, who once might
not have been considered a “man," cannot accept that a child is “life.”
Even worse, our President doesn’t want to even discuss this very painful issue.
Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal
and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based
public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle
Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do
Most Americans have a real problem with legal late-term abortions. In a 2011
Gallup poll, 79 percent of those who are “pro-choice” and 94 percent of those
who are “pro-life” said third trimester abortion should be illegal. Fifty two
percent of those “pro-choice” and 90 percent of those “pro-life” said second
trimester abortions should be illegal.
When the majority of the American people see the grave moral problem of late
term abortion, shouldn’t they hear from their President? Shouldn't he defend the
legality of this moral outrage? At the very least, he should recognize and
respond to the overwhelming concerns borne by most American citizens.