The purpose of this article is to discuss one aspect of the national debate on abortion. This is not about Roe v. Wade, a “woman’s right to choose,” “life begins at conception” or the religious issues associated with abortion.

On Jan. 28 in the Virginia House of Delegates, a committee heard testimony from Delegate Kathy Tran as she defended a proposed new abortion law, HB 2491. There was a very meaningful, telling, disgusting exchange between Democrat Delegate Tram and Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert.

The legislation seeks to repeal that state’s current restrictions on late-term abortions. If passed, the measure would do away with the state’s requirement that second and third trimester abortions be performed only to preserve the health or life of the woman. Currently, three physicians must conclude that a third-trimester abortion is necessary to preserve the health or life of the woman. Under the new law, those requirements are stripped away.

The exchange between Delegates Gilbert and Tram:

Gilbert: “How late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion if he indicated it would impair the mental health of the woman?”

Tran: “So, I mean, through the third trimester. The third trimester goes all the way up to 40 weeks.”

Gilbert: “OK? But to the end of the third trimester?”

Tran: “Yep. I don’t think we have a limit in the bill.

Gilbert: “Where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth. She has physical signs that she is about to give birth. Would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she was so-certified?” (long pause) Gilbert goes on to say, “she’s dilating.”

After another long pause, Tram replies: “Mr. Chairman, that would be a decision that the doctor, the physician and the woman would make at that point.”

“I understand that,” Gilbert replied. “I’m asking if your bill allows that.”

Tran replied: “My bill would allow that, yes.”

We cannot discount this as testimony from Tram as some deranged radical. This proposal has received support from Virginia Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam as well as a number of Democrat lawmakers.

Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb commented, “This bill creates abortion, virtually on demand, up until the point of birth.”

Last week, New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated the alteration of that state’s existing abortion law to allow non-doctors to conduct abortions until the mother’s due date if the woman’s health — not life — is endangered.

By the very nature of childbirth, isn’t there always a risk to the woman’s health? Google it; it’s a long list of bad things that can/do go wrong. The wording in that law gives every pregnant woman in New York the “go” signal for an abortion at any time, right up to the last minute.

Time to look at a couple definitions: First-degree murder is any intentional murder that is willful and premeditated. Second-degree murder is any intentional murder but is not premeditated or planned in advance.

Way to go, New York and possibly soon-to-be Virginia. You have now given every young female the right to commit, at least second- if not first-degree murder with only a few minutes thought and walk away free. Given a scenario wherein a healthy woman can decide, within a few minutes of her baby taking his/her first breath, to have that baby killed is beyond barbaric.

Then confound that murder with the possibility of immediate action to harvest healthy, vital organs and perhaps sell them.

Well, you say, that could never happen in America? Take off your rose-colored glasses, go back to the 2014-15 time-frame and review the live interviews that were conducted clandestinely with Planned Parenthood physicians. Those interviews were refuted, of course, by Planned Parenthood organization but never proven to be false.

This is not about Roe v. Wade. This is not about the question of when life begins. This is about seriously looking for an answer to the question of what have we become? How do the tens of millions of Americans who are celebrating these new monstrous laws believe this is goodness? How do you look into the future and see that, because of this, we will arrive at a better place?

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ken leary


Jim Tomashoff

Is the General aware of a single instance when a viable infant (one the can exist outside of the uterus of its mother with the assistance of medical technology, nurses, and doctors) and could live for months, years, or decades, was "killed" by a legal abortion provider? My understanding of Roe v Wade is that the decision explicitly says that viability is a dividing line between when a decision by and woman and her doctor is solely their decision and when the interests of the state in protecting the life of a "living" being enters the picture. Once past the point of viability the state can impose restrictions on abortion. The scenario the General warns us against has not happened as far as I know, and I searched for such instances on the web, and Roe v Wade provides a Federal remedy that would stop a woman and her doctor from "killing" a baby. In some very rare instances a baby is breathing after being removed from the mother in a late-term abortion (usually defined as 21 weeks or later of a pregnancy) . In nearly all instances the baby dies very shortly thereafter because of the severe and non-survivable medical anomalies that were detected by doctors and that then led to the abortion in the first place. Rather than assume that the General's concerns are both valid and that such instances occur, with some degree of regularity which he seems (or at least I infer) to suggest, I would urge readers to Google this very recent article and read it. Yes I know, it's the New York Times so it can't possibly be accurate, right Kent? Or this recent New Yorker Magazine article (I know Kent, it's even worse than the NYT, right?): Then decide if the General's conclusions are fair and accurately reflect what is actually happening in the very rare instances of abortions that take place after 21 weeks (about 1% of all abortions).

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