Like a scene from a dystopian science fiction movie, an elected official took to the airwaves and casually defended infanticide this week.
The story begins when Kathy Tran, a Virginia delegate, admitted in an appalling testimony that her abortion bill would allow a full-term child to be aborted – even when the mother was in her 40thweek of pregnancy and in active labor.
Amidst the backlash, Virginia Governor Northam tried to reassure its opponents that if a child survived an abortion, “the infant would be kept comfortable. [And] the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue.”
Killing a baby once born is infanticide. Plain and simple.
Will the media hold him accountable for it? Or anyone in the Democratic Party?
No, don’t expect it. Because this isn’t the first time Democrats have held an extreme position on abortion.
Last January, 183 House Democrats voted against federal protections for abortion survivors. Another way to say it: 183 House Democrats voted to allow infants to die after they were born.
This is way outside the mainstream. New polling released this month shows 63% of Americans would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. 92% of Republicans and 61% of Democrats want “significant restrictions” on abortion. The United States is only 1 in 7 countries worldwide that even allow abortions in the late term – 20 weeks or later. Joining us at the bottom of the 198 countries worldwide are notorious human rights offenders like China and North Korea.
There is also an argument to be made, as many have, that Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump due to her extreme position on abortion. During the third presidential debate, Trump denounced partial-birth abortion, explaining the process in stomach-churning detail. In her response, Hillary Clinton gave a ‘robotic, ghoulish response defending the practice.’
Democrats now have a choice – are they going to defend Northam? Or will they, as they have called on Republicans to do over and over again, decry the extremism in their own ranks?
It would be smart for Democrats to change their message on abortion. They can start by joining Republicans in support of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestational age.
Science tells us that babies begin feeling pain around 20 weeks. And children begin becoming viable – able to live outside the womb – around 20 weeks. Take, for example, Micah Pickering. Born at 20 weeks gestational age, Micah Pickering was born extremely early but is now six years old, enrolled in school and living a full life with two loving parents.
We need to start asking Democrats – are they really comfortable snuffing out the lives of babies like Micah?
And to help ask that question, we need the media’s help.
But so far, the media seems more interested in holding water for Democrats than asking tough questions. To the media that will harrumph at that line – how can pro-lifers trust the media when they ignore important stories like the one unfolding in Virginia or the annual March for Life? How can pro-lifers trust the media to be arbiters of the truth when they fall for the shameful Democrat lie that David Daleiden’s videos were ‘heavily edited?’
Now, more than ever, the American people need clarification – where exactly does the Democratic party stand on the issue of abortion? Who will help us ask that question?