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A new abortion law passed recently in the state capital of New York. It is a law which should cause Americans to shudder. It allows babies to be aborted right up to the time of delivery. Can you imagine the horror of killing a 7-pound or 8-pound baby who would be fully functional outside the womb in just another few minutes?
Amazingly, the new bill was widely celebrated, even setting off cheers and a standing ovation in the New York Senate gallery. Similar very late-term abortion bills are being introduced around the country. It is hard to fathom the apparent joy of allowing the destruction of human life.
Now in New York, abortion can be done for any reason and at any time of the pregnancy, even the last day or 39th week. And if the baby survives the abortion, as sometimes happens, no problem. The baby can be left alone, neglected to die.
This is infanticide, plain and simple. Does this bother the conscience of those who like to say, “Abortion is a decision between a woman and her doctor?”
Many years ago in world history class in high school, we studied how some cultures like the ancient Spartans left the unwanted newborns outside to die, an example of reprehensible infanticide. Our conclusion was, “How barbaric!” The New York law now makes infanticide legal and is done in the name of progress. This is a good example of how the modern progressive philosophy ultimately bankrupts a nation of moral values.
In addition, this law allows medical personnel other than doctors to perform abortions. Forget that old liberal line about making abortions “safe, legal, and rare.” The left apparently needs more abortions to justify its commitment to its bankrupt philosophy, the more the better.
Do fair-minded Democrats think that this is a victory of some sort? Are they so out of touch with the horror of taking innocent life that they can justify such evil?
In the movie, “Gosnell: America’s Greatest Serial Killer,” Kermit Gosnell, known in West Philadelphia as “The Good Doctor,” deadpans to an assistant finishing off a very late-term aborted baby that it was “big enough to walk me to the bus stop.”
He wanted to lighten up things a bit, I guess.
A bill similar to the one in New York was introduced a few days later in Virginia by Kathy Tran, a Democrat who serves in the Virginia House of Delegates. She stated that an abortion should be legal up to the moment of birth. Her bill, which failed, would have repealed many of Virginia’s commonsense safety and informed-consent requirements.
Then Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a medical doctor, went a step further by stating that an unwanted child who has already been delivered could be “resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired.” This is somewhat disingenuous on the governor’s part by avoiding the question of neglecting a baby which survived the abortion attempt. His comments did not go over very well in conservative social media circles and became something of an embarrassment for the governor. In fact, it apparently led to the publishing of an embarrassing picture from his personal page in his medical school yearbook.
As Ashley McGuire pointed out in her editorial about the New York law in USA Today: “The left may be celebrating the bill’s passage, but it is wildly out of step with American sentiment on the issue. American support for late-term abortion continues to decline; one poll last year found that a mere 13 percent of Americans support abortion all the way into the third trimester. And most Americans don’t think abortion is something to celebrate, or ‘shout’ to borrow from the pro-choice lobby’s public relations campaign. A majority of Americans, in fact, say abortion is immoral.
It is irresponsible to look the other way with the excuse that it makes no difference to me. How can we continue to ignore the culture of death being pushed by this extreme agenda? This lack of respect for human life is having a widespread negative impact on our culture not generally appreciated.
When King Herod had the infants killed in his vain attempt to make sure he would eliminate the newborn baby Jesus, the gospel writer Matthew recalled a verse from a terrible time of the wanton killing of children in Jeremiah’s day with these words: “A voice was heard in Ramah (a Judean city), Lamentation, weeping and great mourning; Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.” (Matthew 2:18, New King James Version)
America should be weeping, not lighting up the One World Trade Center in pink. It would have been more appropriate to color it blood red.
George Michael, a lifelong resident of Washington County who lives in Williamsport, is a former principal of Grace Academy. His email address is email@example.com.