The partial birth abortion issue simply will not go away.
I have a letter to a constituent from Ohio Senator John Glenn,
in which he defends his support for partial birth abortions.
He first states that the Roe vs. Wade decision, "within
specified limits gives women the right to choose whether or
not to have an abortion." He's wrong. There
are no limits. Abortion is legal for nine months for any
social or economic reason.
Then he says the decision should be made by the woman
in consultation with doctor, family, clergyman, etc. - that
the Supreme Court guaranteed this right of privacy -- this is
correct. He says the federal government has no business
interfering with this personal decision.
The best answer to this "federal government interfering"
bit is to use the slavery analogy. Do we think that the
federal government should have stayed out of the slavery issue
and allowed each slaveowner to make his own personal choice
as to whether or not to own a slave? The very same holds
true for this other living human who just happens to yet live
inside of the mother. Actually, the federal government
has gotten into the business of interfering by saying that these
little people can be killed. In fact, we want to get the
government out of protecting this killing.
Senator Glenn says that he might support a ban if there
was an exception for the mother's health. All of you know
by now that the word "health" is a legal term of art
and that when "health" is in a law about abortion,
according to specific definitions by the U.S. Supreme Court
and the World Health Organization, there is abortion on demand
Mr. Glenn says partial birth abortions are rare.
But, rather, we know that in one clinic in New Jersey 1,500
were done in one year. They are not rare. He says
they're only done in situations where the mother's life or health
is in danger. Not true. And this is from statements
from the abortionists who do them.
The other reason he gives for doing them is "because
of severe fetal abnormality." But again, the abortionists
who do these have said that 80% of the babies are entirely normal.
He states that this is a medical decision that should
be handled by a qualified physician on a case-by-case basis.
I would suggest it is not a medical decision at all -- it's
a social decision, and these are highly paid abortionists who
directly kill babies old enough to survive, 80% of whom are
Qualified physicians have spoken very clearly that, rather
than this being a method to protect the health of the mother,
this method is more dangerous than other abortion methods and
can have serious maternal medical consequences.
And so, this is a letter from Senator John Glenn who has
a 100% pro-abortion voting record. Sadly, there
were other senators who joined him in voting to support this
gruesome, grisly method of infanticide.