With several cultural wins in the last few months, what we don’t need is someone giving the abortion lobby ammunition to smear the pro-life movement as fanatics. But apparently, Texas State Representative Tony Tinderholt (R) thought this was the perfect time to take a second swing at a really stupid target. From The Hill:
A Republican state lawmaker in Texas has reintroduced a bill that would criminalize abortion without exception, making it possible for women to be convicted of homicide and sentenced to death for having the procedure.
Are you kidding me? Does anyone not remember the loud objections when the candidate Trump made a similar assertion because he had no idea what the pro-life movement position was? Even in the case of my own state’s Heartbeat Bill, the penalties are confined to the provider, not the woman.
Georgia, Mississippi, and Kentucky have all passed these types of bills and they are certain to be challenged. In a post-Roe world, the best I am hoping for is for the Supreme Court to give a ruling on viability and allow the states to legislate as they see fit. That would be a significant win.
According to the article Representative Tinderholt needed security due to death threats the last time he put this bill forward. Thank goodness cooler heads are prevailing. Here is the statement Representative Jeff Leach issued:
But awful headlines like the one in The Hill and Representative Tinderholt’s cringe-worthy 2017 comments on the bill being resurfaced do not help the cause. Pro-life people of faith and secular pro-life advocates generally agree that this fight needs to put compassion and support at the forefront. And those of with faith should be relying on the unending grace of God to heal and reform the hearts of women who find themselves in circumstances where they see no way out in a culture that has laid open a door to regret and heartache.
It is up to the movement to win hearts and minds. And we are. The ghastly “reproductive health” law passed in New York State and completely shocking comments by Governor Ralph Northam in Virginia already have people who identify as pro-choice re-evaluating exactly what that stance means. Lulled into “Safe, Legal and Rare” during the Clinton years, many did not realize how far the Left had gone. People are waking up.
Then there is the unanticipated success of the movie Unplanned based on the book by former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson. Commentary on social media and in response to articles about the movie clearly demonstrate the honest look provided is changing minds.
We have 4D ultrasounds now. In the womb, we knew my niece had my sister’s nose and absolutely no hair before we could hold her. It is undeniable those images are tiny humans. And Planned Parenthood clinics are closing. Thirty-two closed in 2017 alone. Three-quarters of all abortion clinics open in 1991 have shut down.
And the number of abortions is going down. According to the CDC:
Compared with 2014, the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions for 2015 decreased by 2%. Additionally, from 2006 to 2015, the number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased by 24%, 26%, and 19%, respectively. In 2015, all three measures reached their lowest level for the entire period of analysis (2006—2015).
And they continued to drop through the end of 2017 according to the surveys monitored by pro-life group Abort73.
We have science on our side. The trends are on the side of life. For those of us who know that life begins at conception because the combination of mom and dad’s DNA creates a unique human being, no amount of abortion is acceptable. For those of us who also believe that every child is made in God’s image, a woman’s decision to abort is heartbreaking.
But stupid battles like the one Tinderholt wants to have will just cause us to lose ground in the war. Don’t give the enemy cannon fodder. Make them look in the mirror. Just like Abby Johnson has.