The Texas Senate once again takes up consideration of legislation designed to protect women’s health and preserve the lives of children by limiting abortion procedures to 20 weeks of fetal development when they vote today on Senate Bill 1.
Following the tragic mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary by a deranged, depraved killer, President Barack Obama spoke at an Interfaith Prayer Vigil. The original text of his remarks can be found here. With all the news lately of abortion rights being challenged in Texas by Republicans, and with State Senator Wendy Davis inspiring so many to #StandWithWendy, in favor of a woman’s right to choose to abort her baby, it seemed appropriate to re-visit Obama’s speech on the violence of Sandy Hook, by adapting it to the greater crisis of the countless unborn slaughtered since Roe v. Wade:
“Since I’ve been President, this is the 55,000,000th time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by abortion. The 55,000,000th time we’ve hugged survivors. The 55,000,000th time we’ve consoled the families of victims. And in between, there have been an endless series of butcherings across the country, almost daily reports of victims, many of them healthy, viable children, in small towns and big cities all across America – victims whose – much of the time, their only fault was being in the wrong womb at the wrong time.
We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law – no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society.
But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely, we can do better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown, and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that – then surely we have an obligation to try.”
In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens – from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators – in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. Because what choice do we have? We can’t accept events like this as routine. Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children day after day after day is somehow the price of our freedom?”
Does it not seem that such a plea strikes a chord with the vast majority of Americans? Yet, as far as the Democratic Party is concerned, both in their party platform and with their their leaders, the unmitigated slaughter of innocents must continue unabated, and any attempt to staunch the unceasing flow of blood is met with violent resistance and opposition.
The problem is that the sentiments expressed by those who choose to #StandWithWendy necessarily result in infanticide. They may be of the opinion that they are working to preserve freedoms and rights for women, but the direct consequence of their action and their effort is a dead child. Which is of course, their right.
Interestingly, in a very real and tangible way, Wendy Davis has inherited the mantle of Margaret Sanger, and become the reasonable, educated, approachable and feminine face of abortion; a role that she has seemingly embraced.
Conversely, those who choose to #Stand4Life preserve the widest possible range of freedoms and liberties for all involved, and allow an unborn child to keep his or her life, while implementing regulations that make all the existing facilities #SaferForWomen.