Monumental Week For Pro-Lifers
February 28, 2003
This has been a monumental week for the right to life movement in the United States thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and a bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Both of these are signs that the pro-life message is building strength in this country.
On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld an Indiana state law that requires a woman to be counseled in person about their abortion procedure and the physical and emotional ramifications of having an abortion. Additionally, pictures of what the motherís fetus might look like will be shown to the pregnant woman.
This is an excellent idea that should have gone into effect years ago!
However, many abortion clinics claim these counseling sessions would cause some women to NOT abort their baby (imagine that!) or the delay would endanger the health of the pregnant women if the abortion is postponed for too long (isnít it funny how abortion rights advocates seem to show a great deal of interest in the right to life of the mother, but could absolutely care less about the right to life of the baby she is carrying?!). Research has shown that similar laws requiring counseling sessions in Mississippi and Utah have forced women to put off abortions for various logistical reasons.
Pro-abortion groups are crying foul, too. They say that making women who want to have an abortion have to make an extra trip to the abortion clinic places too heavy a burden on poor women or those who need to travel out of town to have an abortion. Also, they say that making two trips means that these women have to miss two days of work, find adequate overnight lodging and arrange for childcare (oh, thatís curious. If these pregnant women already have children, then are they being selectively pro-life and pro-abortion when it suits them? What factors determine which baby gets to live and which baby gets to be slaughtered for the sake of convenience?! Intriguing dichotomy, wouldnít you say?!).
Finally, abortion rights advocates say that all of these extra steps to having an abortion take time and will make it extremely difficult for women to explain their absence to co-workers, husband or sperm donor who may or may not know about the unborn child that lives inside of her (maybe she should have thought about that BEFORE she decided to sleep with a man she didnít want to make a baby with!!! Ya think?!).
I think we need to call the wahhhhhmbulance!!!
Pro-life groups are breathing a collective sigh of relief. This ruling sets a strong precedent for other states to follow. Although the state law was passed eight years ago in Indiana, they will now be able to require an in-person counseling session and an 18-hour waiting period before a woman can kill their baby...er...I mean, have an abortion.
Four other states have similar laws that require women to make multiple trips to an abortion clinic before having an abortion. Louisiana and Wisconsin already require face-to-face counseling sessions prior to having an abortion.
Obviously, this will substantially reduce the number of abortions performed. I believe if women who are considering an abortion are made aware of the consequences of their decision to end the life of their baby that most of them will decide to have their baby. I also believe that the live personal counseling session is the key. If someone is sitting across from you explaining what an abortion REALLY is all about, then it would take a sick monster of a person to go through with it. The reality of the death of an innocent baby staring you in the face is enough to virtually wipe about abortion in America! That is why the opposition to this is so adamant!
In other pro-life news, the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill endorsed by President Bush that would ban all human cloning and impose a maximum 10-year prison sentence and a $1 million fine for violators. The vote was 241-155, despite an effort to make exclusions for research of cures for such diseases as Alzheimerís, Parkinsonís and diabetes.
The bill bans all human cloning...PERIOD! Whether it is for creating a baby or for medical research, there will not be any human cloning allowed in the United States if this bill becomes law. Those lawmakers who voted against this bill claim that we are restricting the progress of modern medicine if we do not allow cloning to continue (Hereís a question for these foolish politicians who act like they are experts on the subject of cloning: what did we do before cloning even became an option?).
True to character, President Bush is standing firm in his opposition to human cloning. Bush now has to convince the U.S. Senate to pass similar legislation so he can sign it into law. But, it will be a very difficult battle since Republicans do not have enough votes without some Democrats voting with them. And you know the Democratic National Committee and liberal pro-abortion groups will be placing an enormous amount of pressure on Senate Democrats to vote against this when it comes up for a vote.
Pro-lifers will look back on the last week in February 2003 as a tremendous time of victory for the movement. Great strides are being made in the courts and legislatively. All of us who believe in the right to life can smile knowing that we are slowly changing hearts and minds on the issue of abortion, one by one. It is not going to happen overnight, but I am confident that abortion will become a thing of the past in the near future. We must remain vigilant and hopeful for the American promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the born and unborn.