By Dave Andrusko
The resemblances are uncanny. I am referring to the Democrats’ response to the need to protect abortion survivors today and what they were saying during the long, long debate over partial-birth abortions (PBA) in the 1990s and early 2000s.
We were told incessantly that PBAs didn’t take place. Who would deliver all but the baby’s head, and, while the baby’s little fingers were clasping and unclasping and his little feet were kicking, stab the baby in the back of her head with surgical scissors, suck out her brains, and then deliver the baby whose body would now “fit”?
A lot more abortionists than you would think.
So because that lie couldn’t work forever, we were told PBAs were few (not true) and performed only in drastic circumstances (even less true). Etc., etc., etc.
Not until April 18, 2007, did we finally carry the day. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the federal ban on partial-birth abortions.
Today we’re told babies don’t survive abortions or, if they do, there only a handful of them, and in those rare, rare, rare cases they are not abandoned, shuttled off into a corner to die. Thus. just as the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was “unnecessary,” so, too, is the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. How do these people live with themselves?
What can awaken the deadened souls of Democrats so utterly lacking in empathy that they can move right past embracing abortion through all 40 weeks to providing cover for infanticide? Perhaps nothing.
Having said that, please consider the following. You may not know that a partial-birth abortion ban was passed during the first term of Bill Clinton. He vetoed it, as anyone with a pulse knew “Slick Willie” would.
During the attempted override in the Senate, the following took place. The quote comes from a September 27, 1996 story written by Marc Fisher that appeared in the Washington Post.
“Not five feet away, Republican Sen. Rick Santorum turned to face the opposition and in a high, pleading voice cried out, ‘Where do we draw the line? Some people have likened this procedure to an appendectomy. That’s not an appendix,’ he shouted, pointing to a drawing of a fetus. ‘That is not a blob of tissue. It is a baby. It’s a baby.’
“And then, impossibly, in an already hushed gallery, in one of those moments when the floor of the Senate looks like a stage set, with its rich wooden desks somehow too small for the matters at hand, the cry of a baby pierced the room, echoing across the chamber from an outside hallway.
“No one mentioned the cry, but for a few seconds no one spoke at all.”
It took seven more years to pass the partial-birth abortion ban again and four more years before the Supreme Court uphold the ban in Gonzales v. Carhart.
Which brings to mind something that keeps pro-lifers going when the forces of evil are prevailing: “The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.”
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