By Dave Andrusko
As we end the week, so much is taking place the only way to keep you up to date is to briefly mention a handful of intriguing developments.
The parade of United States Senators stepping down in 2012 continues to grow. Pro-abortion Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) announced today he will not seek a sixth term. Bingaman is a formidable candidate and his decision improves the chances of a number of pro-life Republicans. Bingaman joins fellow pro-abortion Democrats Jim Webb (Va.) and Kent Conrad (North Dakota), and Joe Lieberman (Ct.) who ran as an Independent but caucused with the Democrats. Two Republicans– Jon Kyl (Az.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (Tx.)—have announced that they will not seek re-election.
You may remember Robert Latimer. Latimer was convicted of the second-degree murder of his daughter, Tracy Latimer, a 12-year-old little girl with cerebral palsy and other major disabilities. Tracy died on October 24, 1993, when her father placed her in his truck, connected a hose to the exhaust pipe and put it through the truck’s window, and watched while she died. Latimer was finally sent to jail in 2001. Two months ago he received a full pardon after serving nine years. In his first interview since being pardoned, the Saskatchewan man said he would do it again. “People think it’s a hard question, but it’s not,” Latimer said in an interview with CBC-Radio Canada. “It was the right thing to do.”
Dr. David Catron offers a look back at the amazing testimony delivered February 10 by Dr. Donald Berwick to the House Ways and Means Committee. Berwick danced around a lengthy series of highly controversial statements he’d made, refusing to answer questions about his love affair with Britain’s national health care system, what he said was the inevitability of rationing, and “the perils of the market.” (http://spectator.org/archives/2011/02/18/dr-berwick-and-mr-hide/print)
We talked ever so briefly about a couple of comments teen heartthrob Justin Bieber made to Rolling Stone magazine (http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2011/02/an-update-on-multiple-pro-life-issues/#more-57). Bieber is quoted as saying, “I really don’t believe in abortion,” adding. “It’s like killing a baby” Naturally, the interviewer immediately asked the under-prepared 16-year-old about rape victims. According to Rolling Stone, Bieber responded, “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.” The usual suspects went ballistic (members of “The View”), hammering the young boy on the grounds that he was saying rape happens “for a reason.” Well, on its website yesterday Rolling Stone conceded that it had made an “editing error” that included an incomplete quote. What Bieber had actually said was, “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how that would b
e a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.” (Emphasis added).
Lots and lots and lots of positive feedback on our daily series of excerpts from the Philadelphia Grand Jury’s report on abortionist Kermit Gosnell which resulted in Gosnell being charged with eight counts of murder. As I say to myself each day, what we just learned is as bad it can possibly get. But the next day it is worse. Be sure to read yesterday’s excerpts for sure! www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2011/02/department-of-health-evaluators-found-multiple-grounds-to-shut-down-the-women%e2%80%99s-medical-society-once-they-finally-entered-the-facility-2/#more-113.