By Dave Andrusko
When you’re trying to defend abortions in the second and third trimesters, your calling card is often that such abortions are rare, rare, and rare. So when the reality of a political party—the Democrats—has proven by word and deed that they will accept no limitations—NONE—the typical defense shifts to how the child is being aborted for her own good–i.e., she is said to be fatally ill.
So when former New Jersey Governor and candidate for president Chris Christie appeared on Morning Joe on Tuesday and said that New Jersey allowed “abortion up to nine months,” it was too much for co-host Mika Brzezinski.
It went like this:
“Okay, it’s not an abortion at nine month and there’s not a doctor that would do it, and it only happens in extremely severe circumstances. You can come back and bring me the evidence of women across the state of New Jersey having abortions in the ninth month. It’s not happening, Chris, come on.”
“You said this the last time you were on and I let it go, I can’t let it go again,” she added, according to Isaac Schorr. “There’s no abortions in the ninth month.”
Writing for Mediaite, Isaac Schorr proceeded to do a superb job of providing the evidence. [Underlining added.]
If that’s true — if no one would ever consider an abortion in the later stages of pregnancy — why did New Jersey’s state legislature pass and governor sign a bill ensuring that abortions could be performed at any stage of pregnancy last year?
The 2022 Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act argued that “governmental restrictions on reproductive choice, by their very nature, impinge on the constitutional right to reproductive autonomy” and included a provision stating that “Any law, rule, regulation, ordinance, or order, in effect on or adopted after the effective date of this act, that is determined to have the effect of limiting the constitutional right to freedom of reproductive choice and that does not conform with the provisions and the express or implied purposes of this act, shall be deemed invalid and shall have no force or effect.”
Let’s dig deeper. True, the vast majority of abortions are performed in the first trimester. “Yet when the number of abortions performed in the country on an annual basis is high, the raw number of late-term abortions — which Americans emphatically oppose — can still be dispiritingly high,” Schorr writes.
The pro-choice Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 930,000 abortions took place in the United States in 2020. A previous estimate from the same organization pegged the proportion of abortions performed after viability at about 1.3%, which would mean that somewhere around 12,090 late-term abortions were performed in 2020. Compare that number to the 13,620 gun homicides recorded by the FBI that same year and you might begin to understand the problem.
Would any Democrat eager to tout the rarity of late-term abortions in America be similarly eager to shrug off the number of Americans victimized by gun violence.
Consider this astute observation:
Brzezinski’s exasperation with Christie for merely citing legislation championed by Garden State progressives puts a spotlight on the inconsistencies between those working for pro-choice advocacy groups, elected pro-choice politicians, and thinly-veiled activists in the media.
Schorr’s brilliant conclusion is perfect:
All of this plays out to the frustration of pro-life advocates and elected Republicans, and rightly so. But it also should provoke anger from a broader public that so many in the media do not respect enough to trust with the truth.