A blog follower from down under asked me if findings from recent weeks had caused me to change my opinion concerning for whom to vote in the coming election. Yesterday I had lunch with a friend who mentioned that on her flight home from Israel she’d sat next to a Zionist who asked who she was planning to vote for in the upcoming election. In response, she asked who he’d vote for, and without missing a beat he said, “Well, Trump’s crazy, but Clinton’s a lying cheat.” And we, fellow Americans, have put these two on the ballot. Regretfully, we deserve them, although I’m praying for personal and national repentance. May God forgive us and heal our land!
I’ve been trying to keep my mind and options open until I heard this last debate, which occurred last night. I thought Chris Wallace asked the perfect, pointed questions, and I wish Trump and Clinton had answered them all straightforwardly, but I felt they were clear enough on most issues. Over the next few days, I’ll definitely be mulling over the various questions posed at the debate, but today I want to discuss abortion, because the two candidates have polar views, and both articulated them very clearly.
Clinton defended her vote against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 (although it was ultimately enacted anyway), hiding behind rhetoric that it was about a woman’s health and that the legislation would not have done enough to protect the “life and health of the mother.” She said, “The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make. I have met with women who have toward the end of their pregnancy get the worst news one could get, that their health is in jeopardy if they continue to carry to term or that something terrible has happened or just been discovered about the pregnancy. I do not think the United States government should be stepping in and making those most personal of decisions.” (I just transcribed what she said; I recognize that the rhetoric isn’t perfect grammatically.)
Trump was also clear in his position. He described partial-birth abortion as “ripping the baby out of the mother’s womb” and said, “Honestly, nobody has business doing that as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth. Nobody has that right.”
Clinton referred to Trump’s stand as “scare rhetoric” that “is terribly unfortunate.” This, folks, is where I have to take a stand. Have you read about partial-birth abortion? If I may quote Wikipedia:
“The statute includes two findings of Congress:
(1) A moral, medical, and ethical consensus exists that the practice of performing a partial-birth abortion… is a gruesome and inhumane procedure that is never medically necessary and should be prohibited.
(2) Rather than being an abortion procedure that is embraced by the medical community, particularly among physicians who routinely perform other abortion procedures, partial-birth abortion remains a disfavored procedure that is not only unnecessary to preserve the health of the mother, but in fact poses serious risks to the long-term health of women and in some circumstances, their lives. As a result, at least 27 States banned the procedure as did the United States Congress which voted to ban the procedure during the 104th, 105th, and 106th Congresses.”
So, I vehemently disagree both with Hillary’s support of a woman’s right to partial-birth abortion, and to her opinion that Trump was just using “terribly unfortunate” “scare rhetoric.” Partial-birth abortion is nothing less than murder and should be banned. I have a grandson who was a micro-preemie and survived at 27.5 weeks. Almost all babies survive well after 36 weeks if their skulls aren’t crushed inutero before being delivered. I personally know dozens of women who’ve paid $15,000-$20,000+ to adopt a baby from some foreign country because not enough babies are available in America. Many childless couples would love to be able to adopt a child that might otherwise have died through a partial-birth abortion procedure. (Six percent of American women are now considered infertile, and I’ve read that one in seven couples are infertile.) Let’s be honest about one thing: Partial-birth abortion is the immoral and evil killing of viable human life, and Hillary defends it.
“Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13).
“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” ~Mother Teresa
“The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn’t learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.” Mother Teresa
“America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has shown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts ~ a child ~ as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.”
~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta , “Notable and Quotable”, Wall Street Journal, 2/25/94 , p. A14 ~ (from Faithful Catholics)