By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. My family and I will be on our vacation through August 27. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked.
This post won’t be long but I think it might be helpful. Rewire.com is a pro-abortion site whose pro-abortion militancy is matched only by the hysteria with which it treats pro-life legislation and pro-life office holders. They really ought to take a breath.
There were a number of new pro-life Republican senators elected in the November 8 midterm elections. But Rewire’s Ally Boguhn focused on Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley who defeated Democrat incumbent pro-abortion Senator Claire McCaskill.
The headline and photo caption neatly captures why they are so distraught:
‘It’s Core to Who I Am’: New GOP Senator Josh Hawley Is Determined to Overturn ‘Roe’
Josh Hawley, Missouri’s current attorney general, is a vocal foe of abortion rights and proponent of so-called religious liberty.
This “hardline opponent of abortion rights” really does find abortion appalling and a grotesque violation of human rights. Boguhn quotes from an interview Hawley gave to Dustin Siggins back in 2016 when he was a candidate for Missouri Attorney General:
“Abortion is not a right. It is a violent act against the defenseless. It violates every principle of morality and should be barred by American law. Until that day, I fully support bans on partial-birth abortion, third-trimester abortion, and indeed every limit that can receive public support.”
Here’s another illustration from the interview :
“In general, I would support any restriction on abortion that can garner enough votes to become law,” Hawley said at the time. “And I would vigorously defend such laws in court, all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.”
That latter promise really cranked up Rewire’s opposition. As AG, Hawley
has defended the state GOP’s aggressive attacks on reproductive health care.
In other words he did his job to defend the laws that his state legislature passed, typically by large margins. But Hawley was not just doing his job. As he told the Kansas Star in a Facebook Live Interview
“I’m pro-life … and that’s something that is very important to me … it’s core to who I am.”
But Boguhn and Rewire were also massively unhappy with Hawley’s vigorous defense of religious liberties. The “pro-choice” crowd not only doesn’t believe in making it possible for abortion-minded women to make an educated choice about their options, there are fiercely against allowing us to exercise our freedom(religiously or otherwise grounded) to stay completely uninvolved with abortion.
Protecting the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom is the very antithesis of who they are and what they are about: coercion.