When is it about the baby?

Checking pregancy with stethoscope

In case you missed it, State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) succeeded late Tuesday night (06/25/13) in her effort to kill Senate Bill 5, a measure that would have made it illegal in Texas to terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks.

As time was ticking away toward the end of the special legislative session, Ms. Davis’s filibuster, and the chaos that it unleashed in the gallery of the senate chamber, delayed passage and signing of the bill past the midnight end of the legislative session, rendering its passage invalid.

Governor Rick Perry lost no time in calling a second special legislative session that will begin July 1 for the express purpose of making another attempt to pass the bill.

Talking heads on the left were quick to hail  Ms. Davis for her, “courage” and her “hard work and dedication to Texans.”

NARAL Pro Choice America, the euphemized name for the group that used to call itself the “National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws,” was quick to jump on Gov. Perry. In a release dated June 26, the headline reads,

“At Taxpayer’s Expense, Gov. Perry Doubles Down on His Threats to Women’s Health.”

The last sentence of the release reads,

“We, along with our affiliate, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, will remain vigilant in the fight to keep meddling politicians out of our private health decisions.”

Whatever your feelings about abortion, you cannot legitimately make the argument that abortion is a “women’s health” issue. The women’s health angle is a sophism. It is a twisting of language intended to make what many consider to be murder less offensive to the ear.

The fact is, you don’t “come down” with pregnancy like it’s the flu. Except in the case of rape, pregnancy results from a woman’s conscious decision to have sex with a man.

If you want to make the case that a woman has a “right to choose,” I will agree with you. But all rights have attendant responsibilities. The choice to have sex is freighted with the potential to create a human life. Therefore the act, if it is to be undertaken, must be undertaken responsibly and that responsibility includes the duty to employ readily available and inexpensive measures to avoid pregnancy if pregnancy is not desired. (The Catholic Church, for one, opposes those preventive measures and  though I disagree, I respect the church’s position. But that’s another discussion.)

Couching opposition to Senate Bill 5 as a “health” issue sidesteps the fact that a baby 19-weeks in utero has fully formed arms, legs, fingers, toes and facial features. It can suck its thumb, dream, move on its own, yawn, stretch and make faces. Its heart pumps blood through arteries and veins just as your heart does.

Yet under the measure that Ms. Davis’s filibuster just succeeding in squashing, it would have still been legal in Texas to abort that baby.

Even if it offends you to do so, I ask you to set aside for the moment the arguments of those that believe that life begins at the very moment of conception. Allow, purely for the sake of discussion, that it is OK to terminate a pregnancy in its very early stages.

With that latitude taken, I believe that it’s fair to say that somewhere after the moment of conception but before the moment of full-term delivery of a living human being, there is a line at which the termination of a pregnancy constitutes infanticide.

Twenty weeks – nearly five months – seems to me like a very liberal placement of that line.

Obviously Ms. Davis and her supporters disagree. So I say to them, where do you folks draw the line? When, by your estimation, does a pregnancy stop being about “women’s health” and start being about an unborn child?

Is it ever about the baby?

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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5 Responses

  1. pk lewis says:

    I have worked with those who are determined to abort.
    They will jump off chairs, down stairs, drink bleach, use coat hangars, go to their friends who will use coat hangars, cry, scream or attempt suicide.

    No amount of ‘counting fingers/toes/ heart beat/ future/ etc . will make them change their thinking.
    Many who I have talked to have 3- 5 -8 kids at home.

    All I want is for this country to have safe, effective, abortions for this type woman.

    For those who would NEVER have abortions; the answer is simple.
    They won’t have one ever.

    But for those who are not into finger counting & have their own reasons which will NOT change.
    Let’s have safe considerate medical abortions.

    • Paul Gleiser says:

      The bill would not have denied “safe medical abortions.” It simply would have drawn a line at 20 weeks, nearly five months, and said after this point, you no longer may terminate a pregnancy. Five months is plenty of time to make a decision regarding an unwanted pregnancy. If 20 weeks isn’t a suitable place to draw the line, where is that suitable place? Would it still be OK to terminate the pregnancy on the day before full-term delivery? At some point, a fetus becomes a baby. I’d hate to live in a society in which it was acceptable to kill babies.

  2. Fran. Hall says:

    Well said, Paul. Probably the emphasis should be on “5 months” rather than “20 weeks.” Makes one realize this unborn baby is half grown already.

  3. C M Solomon says:

    If there is no moral condemnation of an “aborted fetus (tissue mass)” and it is only a “safe gov’mt provided medical procedure” that facilitates aborting accountability as well (buyers remorse anyone?), then would the Theocracy Paranoid Left allow the Bible-thumping religious fanatics of the Right to perform funerals for the “terminated babies” with a formal burial and graveside service as long as the gov’mt didn’t have to pay for it?

    Why would the Left object to such an arrangement? Don’t they believe in tolerance and religious freedom as long as it is practiced without the gov’mt funding that paid for their abortions by the taxes paid by the religious Right, also?

    Abortion after one week, 20 weeks, 37 weeks, or 40 weeks doesn’t matter to the pro-abortion Left since it is the rights of the “collective” that takes precedence over the imaginary rights of the “individual”. In their world, an un-wanted “fetus” has no more rights than an un-wanted “post-fetus” in their Utopian Socialist society, if taken to its logical conclusion. Remember the rise and history of eugenics?

    I found a beautiful description of the progress of a baby’s development at the following link:

    I am sure the pro-abortion Left would go ballistic if the “aborted fetus” was treated as a human being with a funeral and proper burial. Does anyone see the extreme hypocrisy and moral depravity of their belief system?

    A nation that ultimately succumbs to the enforcement of amoral wickedness (by law) is doomed to ultimate self-destruction. But then, the amoral Left considers an “anything goes” society, their Utopia, particularly when the gov’mt guarantees that there are no consequences for immoral behavior. The “sacred collective” always takes precedence over “individual responsibility”, don’t you know?

  4. willis martin says:

    It’s really a shame or at least ironic that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reids parents did.nt practice what their offspring preach about

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