By Dave Andrusko
It is fascinating on so many levels that the day before a poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associate finds overwhelming support for treating abortion survivors the way you would treat any other baby born prematurely, an assistant professor and family nurse practitioner opines at The Hill that “Anti-vax and anti-abortion movements are filled with misinformation.”
Vaccinations, pro or con, are not our issue. But it’s amazing that Terry Gallagher has the chutzpah to compare opposition to vaccinations to opposition to the latest of late-term abortions and infanticide as examples of “falsehoods based on flawed logic.”
Before we deconstruct Gallagher’s silly op-ed, the good news from the McLaughlin & Associate of 1,000 likely general election voters. Republicans in the House and Senate repeatedly say that whatever their counterparts on the other side believe about abortion, at least we can all agree that infanticide is wrong: that abortion survivors should be treated
That is the position of 77% of the respondents but 0% of Democrats in Congress. Notice how fairly the question is posed:
Congress is considering legislation that would ensure that a baby who survives a failed abortion would be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age. Do you support or oppose this legislation?
That is decidedly not the position of congressional Democrats who are busy attempting to thwart the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act which would extend federal legal protection to babies who are born alive during an abortion.
But, what about late-term abortions? What does the American public say about this? Again, the question is asked fairly and accurately.
There has been a lot of news about late term abortions recently. Some legislation would allow late term abortions – even up to the point when a woman is in labor. Do you support or oppose legislation that would allow these late term abortions?
Not surprisingly, 62% of the respondents oppose such legislation, while only 28% support it. Equally unsurprising, Congressional and statehouse Democrats can’t find any abortion at any stage they would oppose. But, then again, they are in Planned Parenthood’s hip pocket, so their utterly embrace of an anti-life behavior is to be expected.
A few thoughts on just one facet of Gallagher’s op-ed and her “falsehoods based on flawed logic…”
Consider this whopper, in the context of “anti-abortionists” supposedly misunderstanding that abortion is not available on demand:
As some misinterpret the Reproductive Health Act in New York, the term “on-demand abortion” resurfaces to cloud the facts.
Recently Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin referred to abortion as “infanticide,” but infanticide is not a medical practice. The confusion apparently intended to further stoke an emotional response, however inaccurate.
Where do you start with this?!
Abortion is available on demand in New York state now, courtesy of the Reproductive Health Act. But the RHA is even worse than that, as we have detailed frequently in NRL News Today and in the new February digital edition of National Right to Life News.
The RHA repealed protections against illegal abortion, such as criminal acts of violence against a pregnant mother and her child. The impact of the RHA was on display just last week when a man bludgeoned his pregnant girlfriend to death but no charge could be leveled against him for the death of her unborn baby. This is unconscionable.
Prior to the RHA, a second physician had on be on hand to care for a child 20 weeks or older born alive during the course of an abortion. RHA repealed that requirement for a born-alive infant. Put bluntly, this is infanticide.
Here’s what Sen. Rubio actually said in an op-ed that we reposted headlined “On Abortion, Extremism Has Become Mainstream in the Democratic Party.” Unlike the glib Gallagher, he was very precise in what he meant:
The definition of infanticide is “the crime of killing a child within a year of birth,” and every year local news outlets report heart-wrenching stories about newborn babies left to die by mothers who didn’t want them. Allowing a baby, born just moments prior, to die on a table because the mother requested an abortion is nothing short of infanticide.
Appearing on a prominent local radio program that is precisely what embattled Va. Gov. Ralph Northam said was perfectly fine by him.