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Abortion Battles Go Unnoticed As Culture Wars Rage

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The popular view of the culture wars our nation has taken part in for the better part of the last 50 – 60 years, is that conservatives have mostly lost.

We’ve lost the urban areas, we’ve lost the media, we’ve lost the schools, and we’ve generally lost the popular sentiment on issues like gay marriage, the nuclear family, traditional religious mores, Judeo-Christian ethics in the public sphere, recreational drug use, prostitution, and a host of other issues.

Sure, the election of 2016 saw the GOP (conservatives) in the most dominant political position they’d been in since the first decade of the 1900s, but culturally America has generally been seen as leaving conservatives in the past. But there is one Culture Wars fight that conservatives are still battling on, ending the holocaust of human abortion.

Even here, it would seem at first blush, that conservatives have already lost the fight.

The Supreme Court’s opinion in Roe v. Wade in 1973 paved the way to allowing almost unrestricted legal abortions across the United States. Since that fateful day some 60 MILLION American children have been murdered in the womb. 60 MILLION. To make matters worse, the ubiquitous nature of abortion in our society has desensitized the nation and even upon hearing the horrors that happen behind Planned Parenthood’s doors there are still people who defend what Planned Parenthood does.

Even with these disheartening figures, there is hope.

Some Americans are waking up to the reality of the horrors of abortion, understanding now that science has proven that children in the womb do feel pain, and that they likely even dream and think. After all, how different could a baby possibly be hours or days or even weeks before birth, when compared to minutes after being born? The differences are almost nonexistent.

In fact, today, a child can be born 15 weeks early (at about 25 weeks gestation) and have a 50% chance at a normal, healthy, and full life (by 28 weeks those odds are up to 80%). If the child born at 25 weeks is the same as the one born at 40… how can we justify murdering a baby at any point in the growth process? It’s unconscionable.

Even after all these years, Americans tend to regard most abortions as ignoble. According to Gallup, only 38 percent of US adults generally see abortion as morally acceptable. Other surveys concur. The Pew Research Center found in 2013 that 49 percent of Americans believe that having an abortion is morally wrong, far outnumbering those who regard abortion as morally acceptable (15 percent) or not a moral issue (23 percent).

Americans are also realizing the monstrous political realities of our current legalized abortion practices. Democrats often like to portray pro-life Republicans as “extreme” on abortion, but in reality it is Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama who hold the “extreme” position. The United States is one of only 7 countries that allows abortion on demand after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The other countries include nations like China, North Korea, and Vietnam. In fact, of the “Western” world, only Canada has more extreme pro-abortion policies than the United States. Even the death-happy Netherlands places restrictions on abortion after 24 weeks, a move that would save thousands of American lives every year.

Since the 1970s, young Americans have generally been supportive of abortion and the expansion of abortion “rights.” However, these days, even the young and dumb are beginning to realize that abortion is a scourge on our society.

Young Americans — voters under 30 — were once the most gung-ho in support of unfettered legal abortion. In 1991, fully 36 percent believed abortion should be legal under any circumstances. But by 2010, 18-to-29-year-olds had become more pro-life than their parents — only 24 percent still wanted to keep abortion legal in all cases. More than any other age cohort, in fact, young adults are now the most likely to think abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.

In a sense, every American born since 1973 is a survivor of Roe. Perhaps that explains why, however young people might label themselves, abortion is a choice so few of them are prepared to take.

Since the election of President Donald J. Trump, the pro-life movement has continued to rack up the victories. For all of his warts, this President can easily be labeled “the most pro-life” President that the nation has ever had. In his first year he singlehandedly saved the lives of thousands of children.

He appointed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He rolled back Obamacare’s contraception mandate. He not only reinstated but expanded the Mexico City policy prohibiting federal money from funding abortion abroad. At one point, he even offered to permanently bankroll Planned Parenthood if that corporation committed to never perform abortions again (they declined).

The President has also given his full-throated support to the Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act and other pro-life measures that would greatly restrict abortion in America.

The Family Research Council’s President, Tony Perkins, laid out all of the President’s success in a recent press release:

Family Research Council today applauded a U.S. State Department report detailing the Trump administration’s implementation of the president’s executive order restoring and expanding the Mexico City Policy, a policy that halts federal funds from going to foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that perform abortions or “actively promote” abortion as a method of family planning in other countries. Under the new “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” plan, U.S. aid continues to go to health care, humanitarian relief, and even family planning in the millions of dollars. It just will not subsidize abortion overseas…

“President Trump is on track to being the most pro-life president this country has ever seen. The report released today shows that the president has gone beyond stopping the pro-abortion policies of Barack Obama, he is restoring and even expanding the pre-Obama pro-life policies.

“After past elections, voters have become accustomed to elected officials pivoting away from promises.   But this is a president who is doing something rare in American politics — fulfilling campaign promises including protecting taxpayers from having to pay for abortions.   This is a life-or-death promise that the president has delivered on.

“The report issued today shows that the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance plan which President Trump signed into law can both seamlessly provide healthcare and global aid assistance while promoting human life. It shows that both can be accomplished without subsidizing the international abortion industry.

“For America to regain its moral leadership in the world, it must continue to act on the universal ideal that all human beings have inherent worth and dignity, regardless of their age or nationality.

“Family Research Council and the pro-life movement looks forward to continuing to work with the Trump administration in bringing about a culture of life in which every child is welcomed into this world and protected under our laws, both here and abroad while promoting healthcare and global aid,” concluded Perkins.

These victories have been heartening for many on the pro-life team. However, the battles aren’t over, in fact they’re just beginning. While we’ve been winning many fights in recent years, America still remains among the most abortion-prone nations in the world. Sadly, for every victory we win, there is a federal judge acting as an abortion activist who stands in our way.

Case in point – Ohio.

In Ohio, we were recently able to pass a law that would end selective abortions of babies believed to have Down Syndrome. The leftwing eugenicists have almost wiped out the genetic abnormality, but they haven’t done so with science… no, they’ve done it by executing as many babies with Down Syndrome as they can find.

Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women — close to 100 percent — who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy…

Other countries aren’t lagging too far behind in Down syndrome termination rates. According to the most recent data available, the United States has an estimated termination rate for Down syndrome of 67 percent (1995-2011); in France it’s 77 percent (2015); and Denmark, 98 percent (2015). The law in Iceland permits abortion after 16 weeks if the fetus has a deformity — and Down syndrome is included in this category.

Sadly, a judge in Ohio has stepped in and blocked the new law from being enforced.

An Ohio federal district court judge blocked legislation that would have banned abortion in cases where a fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Republican Gov. John Kasich signed the legislation into law in December of last year, and it was scheduled to go into effect March 23. The legislation is now blocked until a final ruling is made in the lawsuit.

In a court order granting a preliminary injunction Wednesday, Southern District of Ohio Judge Timothy Black said that federal abortion law is “crystal clear” that “a State may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.”

Even the judge’s statement proves how ridiculous our pro-abortion laws are.

Take this segment of the statement for example, “a State may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.” 

We’ve already explained that science has now proven that “viability” is ensured far sooner than we realized back in 1973. This realization means that all abortions after 23-25 weeks, should be illegal across America. Yet, many states still allow abortion without restriction but Ohio can’t save the lives of babies being targeted for extinction?

It’s not just in Ohio either, we have other legal battle looming ahead of us.

Mississippi just passed the nation’s earliest abortion ban, banning abortion after 15 weeks gestation.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that prevents women from getting abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. His state, effective immediately, now holds the distinction of having the earliest abortion ban in the nation.

“I was proud to sign House Bill 1510 this afternoon. I am committed to making Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child, and this bill will help us achieve that goal,” Bryant tweeted Monday.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves echoed that sentiment Monday, tweeting “It’s a great day in Mississippi” along with a picture of the signing.

Also known as the Gestational Age Act, Mississippi’s new law makes exceptions only for medical emergencies or cases in which there’s a “severe fetal abnormality.” There are no exceptions for incidents of rape or incest.

And in California, the most backward of America’s states, the battles are of a different kind. In California, Americans are forced to fight to defend their religious freedom from an oppressive government that would force us all to participate in the murder of children.

The Reproductive FACT Act requires that pro-life pregnancy centers providing medical services to pregnant women in need must advertise for abortion. These centers must post a sign stating that public programs provide free or low-cost abortion, along with the relevant phone number to call for more information. Those calling that number are then referred to abortion suppliers, such as Planned Parenthood.

Pro-life pregnancy centers exist to provide medical assistance, support, and counseling to women experiencing crisis and unplanned pregnancies. They exist to support a woman in choosing life for her unborn child. But the state of California is forcing them to deliver a message that directly conflicts with their reason for existing.

To make matters worse, only pro-life centers are subject to this law. Abortion providers are largely exempt from it. The state has decided to target pro-life centers simply because they speak a message that the state opposes.

The Constitution does not tolerate such discrimination. The state cannot force its citizens to promote government-mandated messages that contradict their religious and moral convictions. We are very hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will agree.

The Supreme Court has continually held that requiring citizens to speak a government-compelled message is held to the highest constitutional scrutiny under the First Amendment, because mandating a message necessarily alters the content of one’s speech. Moreover, the lopsided requirement that forces pro-life centers to speak the government’s message, while exempting pro-abortion speakers constitutes blatant viewpoint discrimination. This kind of message favoritism is routinely held to be unconstitutional.

This is what we’re up against.

The forces of life are called radical, and extreme. The forces of death misuse and abuse the justice system to bend everyone to their will.

We are at a crossroads, and as a nation we can either choose to defend life and to show the world what a just and moral society looks like. Or we can choose to embrace death, pervert the Bill of Rights, destroy the very fabric of Western Civilization, and drive ourselves to our own demise. This is what the fight over abortion really comes down to.

Article posted with permission from Constitution.com

The Washington Standard

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