By Dave Andrusko
It’s not often that I really miss not being able to attend a press conference, let alone one called by pro-abortionists. But I would have dearly wanted to be in the room February 21 when Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting delegate who represents the District of Columbia in the U.S. House of Representatives, attacked the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. (For moral support and political muscle, the Capitol Hill press conference was held in collaboration with NARAL, the National Abortion Federation, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, none of whom have ever encountered an abortion they would oppose.)
As we discussed previously (www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2012/02/defeat-of-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act-a-top-priority-say-pro-abortion-leaders), the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act builds on a bedrock of medical research. Congress would declare that at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, an unborn child has the capacity to experience pain — and, on that basis, the bill would prohibit abortions within the District of Columbia (except when acute physical problems endanger the life of the mother) from that point on (from the beginning of the sixth month, in layperson’s terminology).
Norton, who has made a career out of being indignate, ripped the measure. If you prevent the D.C. abortionist from grasping the little arms and legs of a pain-capable unborn baby and literally tearing them off, one by one, by brute manual force, you are invading the sovereignty of the District, Norton’s typical ruse. She is at serenely at peace with dismembering the child in the 6th and seventh month (and even later!), but up in arms over allegedly treating the District “as a second-class jurisdiction in the United States.”
The all-speed and no-altitude letter Norton sent out to colleagues (Home Rule or bust) says everything. Particularly illuminating is the last paragraph in which after ranting about the assorted sins of those nefarious Republicans, she says of this “multi-purposed” that it is “aimed particularly at Democrats in an election year.”
Excuse me? Why even bring this up? Why would Democrats have to worry about this in or out of an election year?
Well, Norton tells us that bill “seeks to place American citizens who live in the nation’s capital outside of the protection of the Constitution.” Maybe she’s worried that there is a great deal of support among the public for protecting unborn babies capable of experiencing horrific pain from the abortionist in DC who openly advertises abortion on demand up to the beginning of the seventh month of pregnancy — payable by a credit card. (“Checks and money orders are not accepted.”)
At the press conference Norton hyperventilated with “outrage when our citizens are used as guinea pigs by members of the House and Senate to showcase their pet political issues.” National Right to Life Legislative Director Douglas Johnson observed, “Anyone who tears a leg off a guinea pig in the District of Columbia can be sent to prison for five years. It should not be lawful to do to a pain-capable unborn child what it is a crime to do to a guinea pig.”
You get the point, which is always the same point with pro-abortionists. Abortion is NEVER about what happens to a helpless unborn child; never about treating the tiniest Americans as disposable; and never, ever about justice for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Be sure to go to http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/issues/alert/?alertid=60793686&type=CO and read NRLC’s Legislative Alert. There you be constantly brought up to speed on what is happening and read more about the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
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