The Texas Senate will begin a new Special Session today, as required by Governor Rick Perry, to undertake legislative agenda items that were not addressed in the previous special session which ended ignominiously when State Senator Wendy Davis (D SD10), assisted by Leticia Van De Putte (D SD26) and others, engaged in a filibuster in order to block passage of the bill which would affirm the state’s interest in protecting the lives of pre-born children who feel pain by banning abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization. Senate Bill 5 also requires all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and lastly, requires a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.
While the vote to pass the legislation took place amid the chaos of an unruly mob of over 100 Pro-abortion protesters who had jammed into the Senate gallery and began shrieking non-stop (egged on by Democrat Senators) when passage seemed imminent, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced 3 hours later that votes had been submitted after the midnight deadline, thus ending all chances to pass the bill onto Gov. Perry for his signature.
As a believer in the sanctity of life, my personal belief is that when an abortion takes place (outside of rape, incest or imminent danger to the mother), a tragic act has unnecessarily taken the life of a child. The potential person the as-yet developing child could have become has been snuffed out forever. Younger people, especially Millenials seem more inclined to limit abortion rights, with those who say abortion is “morally wrong” at a rate of 58%, which indicates that an increasing number of the younger generation understands and believes that abortion should be limited to certain circumstances, and within certain timeframes.
That being said, a woman carrying the fetus in her womb is and should be – as an individual human being empowered to make the decisions governing her own body – entitled to reach her own decision on whether or not to end her pregnancy. The rights of the father of the child, while real and important, are secondary, and the outrage and distress experienced by Pro-Life supporters and others are external to an individual woman’s right to govern her own body.
As a society, we value the rights of an individual to decide for themselves the course their future takes. For many women, this can mean choosing to end an undesired pregnancy. While the vast majority of people view this as a tragedy, ultimately, the decision should be left to each individual woman to decide, with the advice of her physician.
But let us not delude ourselves by engaging in base sophistry as a means of assuaging our guilt and discomfort over the process and its end result. When a woman chooses to have an abortion – for any reason – it is not “unviable fetal tissue” that is being removed, but a child which is dying. It is not “fetal mass” that kicks tiny legs and thrashes tiny arms in a vain effort to fight for survival, but a child in the final pain-filled moments of its brief existence. As a society, we should be governed by reason and truth – not deception, and this pursuit of the truth should lead us to the admission that abortion results in the death of a child. While a woman should have the right to choose an abortion, we should not engage in willing self-deception to obfuscate the nature of the act taking place, and medical and insurance records should reflect this reality, listing the death of the child.
A woman has the right to decide what happens with her body, and anything contained therein, including her baby. If a woman decides that she wants to end her baby’s life, that should be her right. She should be entitled to go to an abortion provider who will employ tools and techniques designed to end the baby’s life, and she should be entitled to a corpse, regardless of whether the baby is born alive or not.
“I kept doing whatever I was told.” said Adrienne Moton, former employee of Women’s Medical Society – Dr. Kermit Gosnell‘s abortion mill. Those things she was told to do included cutting the necks of at least 10 babies after they were born. Gosnell told her it was standard procedure, she said.
What any woman should not be entitled to is the endorsement and willing participation of society and requiring everyone to get their hands bloody as well by paying their share for it. This requires excluding abortion coverage from the premiums insurance providers charge, it means completely eliminating any tax-payer funding for any organization which engages in abortion-related activities as well. Abortions can adequately be covered with supplemental insurance, paid for by individual women. For those who cannot afford insurance, several options exist, including activist groups such as National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) which provide funding to cover the termination of pregnancies. There is no justifiable reason to require the financial contribution and involvement of those who view abortion as the murder of children.
At the end of the day, there are those who #StandForLife, and whose values drive them to pursue policies which protect children, women and families. Conversely, there are those who choose to #StandWithWendy – by necessity on dead children. We do not have to agree, nor do we have to approve, but the choice is theirs to make.