Sunday, May 26, 2019

Alexandra DeSanctis: "Democrats Overplay Their Hand On Abortion"

I agree with the thesis in the title.
The extremism of the conservative anti-abortion bills is, at least to some extent, strategic: they want to force the Supremes to hear the case. The extremism on the left is just plain extreme: abortions should be permissible for any reason, even up to one second before birth...and in some cases, maybe even after that.
   The following is ridiculously important, if true:
  Some physicians argue that late in a pregnancy, killing a healthy fetus is never required to save a mother’s life; that delivery of the fetus via Cesarean section is both faster and safer. “During my time at Albany Medical Center I managed hundreds of [high-risk] cases by ‘terminating’ pregnancies to save mother’s lives,” the former abortion provider Anthony Levatino testified to Congress in 2012. “In all those hundreds of cases, the number of unborn children that I had to deliberately kill was zero.”
   In cases of third-trimester abortion for “fetal viability” exceptions, meanwhile, it should be obvious that no fetal deformity or disease is cured by killing the afflicted unborn child. Consider this testimony from Omar Hamada: “I want to clear something up so that there is absolutely no doubt. I’m a Board Certified OB/GYN who has delivered over 2,500 babies. There’s not a single fetal or maternal condition that requires third trimester abortion. Not one. Delivery, yes. Abortion, no.”
As I've said before, I wimp out on this issue, mumble something about libertarianism, and run away.
   It's been said that if, per impossibile, men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament. I'll bet there's a significant amount of truth in that. But what's never noted: if men got pregnant and women didn't, there'd be no containing the anti-abortion fervor of the left--especially leftier feminists. Fetuses / unborn babies would be characterized as the ultimate helpless population, and abortion the ultimate act of oppression. Abortion would be yet another act of male violence and so on and so forth. Imagine their view of men aborting female fetuses merely because they preferred not to be fathers...
   This is not an issue that I'll ever have anything interesting to say about.


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