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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Kirsten Powers versus Wendy Davis

Kirsten Powers says
A Texas legislator and her pink sneakers have been lionized for an eleventh-hour filibuster against a bill that would have made it illegal for mothers to abort babies past 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in the case of severe fetal abnormalities or to protect the life or health of the mother.

People actually cheered this.
But the fight is not over. The bill will be reintroduced, and supporters of the ban are optimistic it will pass. For now, Wendy Davis has achieved the dubious victory of maintaining a very dark status quo. Texas women will still be able to abort a healthy baby up to the 26th week of pregnancy for any reason, as the current law allows.

According to the Parents Connect website, if you are in the 25th week of your pregnancy, “Get ready for pat-a-cake! Baby’s hands are now fully developed and he spends most of his awake time groping around in the darkness of your uterus. Brain and nerve endings are developed enough now so that your baby can feel the sensation of touch.” Let’s be clear: Davis has been called a hero for trying to block a bill that would make aborting this baby illegal.

In addition to the limit on late-term abortions, the Texas legislature sought to pass regulations on abortion clinics similar to what was passed in Pennsylvania in 2011 after the Gosnell horror. The New York Times warned that the Texas bill “could lead to the closing of most of Texas’s 42 abortion clinics.” That sounds familiar. In 2011, the Pennsylvania ACLU claimed a post-Gosnell bill “would effectively close most and maybe all of the independent abortion clinics in Pennsylvania.” Last month, a Pennsylvania news site reported that “several” abortion clinics have closed, which isn’t quite the Armageddon the abortion-rights movement predicted.

So no, I don’t stand with Wendy. Nor do most women, as it turns out. According to a June National Journal poll, 50 percent of women support, and 43 percent oppose, a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape and incest.
One can assume I am also not the only woman in America who is really tiring of the Wendys of the world claiming to represent “women’s rights” in their quest to mainstream a medical procedure—elective late-term abortion—that most of the civilized world finds barbaric and abhorrent.
A Texas legislator and her pink sneakers have been lionized for an eleventh-hour filibuster against a bill that would have made it illegal for mothers to abort babies past 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in the case of severe fetal abnormalities or to protect the life or health of the mother.

People actually cheered this.
Quite the opposite of the Rand Paul Filibuster event, but people do love their political theater.

I note, of course, that Rand Paul was wearing very uncomfortable professional shoes when he made his stand for liberty, and wasn't prepared far ahead of time for his fight.  He didn't even pick color-coded symbol-shoes!

There are two very specific points I need to touch on here, of course, and the first I take from Jonah Goldberg, that while people may rightfully label the Republican platform regarding abortion as extremist and to the right of the average common "mainstream" views on the topic, the Democrats almost entirely, almost every one of them, usually embrace and promote a view on abortion that is to an extreme left of the average common idea of what is acceptable for abortion.  The truth does not lie somewhere in the middle, mind you, but most people who are in favor of allowing abortions are not in line with the views of President Barack Obama, or any incarnation of NARAL, Planned Parenthood, or the Democrat Party and its platform.  The people who believe that abortions should have some restrictions or should be allowed in only a very narrow set of circumstances are slightly more compatible with how Republicans traditionally position themselves on the issue.  Mind you I doubt most people weight abortion very highly as a deciding factor come election time, and to some extent that is a shame but not another level I cannot blame anyone for deciding that they want jobs, dignity, and prosperity as overriding concerns.

The second point is that there are many agents on the Left, of the Left, within the Left, that do not advocate for freedom of choice regarding abortion so much as they celebrate abortion, abortions, and the ability to perform abortions.



That's ghastly.

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