Saturday, November 08, 2008

Partial Birth Abortion

I knew during the third and final debate that John McCain would lose the election. His responses were just not strong enough to turn the tide his way. When the subject of Partial Birth Abortion came up, both men claimed to be against it. Nonetheless, Barak Obama made the pro-abortion argument anyway, saying that he had been against banning the procedure unless the language of the ban would include exceptions for "the health of the mother." John McCain pointed out that this phrase, "health of the mother," lacked definition, and is used to mean just about anything. His answer was true, but not quite true enough to make the lights come on for most people.

Every resistance to a ban on Partial Birth Abortion claims to be about "the health of the mother." Sometimes, even a supposed psychological need to kill her child, a "need" that would never justify any other kind of murder, is considered sufficient grounds (we call such people sociopaths. Due to a psychological need, Lizzy Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks). Somehow, a "health need" supposedly makes this entire matter into one of medical practice, we are told. But, it is never a medical issue, and is always only murder pure and simple, even if the issue is the life of the mother. The true argument against Partial Birth Abortion is much more simple, and it should be glaringly obvious to everyone. But, for some reason, the obvious truth has evaded almost everybody who debates the issue in public.

If a pregnancy ought to be terminated in a late term, there is no reason why the baby has to die. For several years doctors have been able to induce early labor and birth without killing the child. Hospitals have a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for premature births. Partial Birth Abortion is a procedure that comes after such an induced early labor, only the baby is not placed in a NICU. Instead, scissors are inserted into the back of the helpless child's head, and a tube sucks out the brain. This is what the pro-abortion people call a "medical procedure."

Inasmuch as there is no medical reason to kill the baby instead of making use of a NICU, it is painfully obvious that the only reason for Partial Birth Abortion is to complete a contract killing. There is never a medical reason to kill the child. Even though this is painfully obvious, a debate about it continues anyway in political circles. There is no justification for the debate itself. The "conservatives" seem unable to put this obvious fact into words, and the "liberals" do not see it at all. This is clearly a spiritual blindness, since no one could fail to see it otherwise.

And, since it is spiritual, and the President-Elect of the United States is among the blind, it is obvious that he needs our prayers that God will convert him, and that the Holy Spirit will change his heart and mind.


poetreader said...

Father Hart,

Thanks for another incisive analysis. Unpleasant though it is to consider, the issue is really precisely what you describe it to be. By all means, let us pray fervently for the man now chosen to be our president, that he will accept the Lord's correction in this area of his greatest error.


Anonymous said...

Abortion is nothing short of killing off one's inconvenient relatives.

Anonymous said...

Right. I have a bum uncle who's chronically unemployed and is quite a burden financially and emotionally to my poor grandmother. But I wouldn't kill him off even if I knew I could get away with it.

Anonymous said...

Onya, Bruce. And neither would your grandmother.

By the way, the Senate over here in Oz is taking submissions on Medicare funding for late term abortions, and has received one from a 'reproductive health' lobby group to the effect that it's cheaper for the taxpayer to pay for an abortion than to pay for the support of a severely disabled child who is identified in the womb and not aborted. A senator who expressed his outrage at that suggestion was described in the paper as a 'strident pro-life supporter'. We had no national church until the cult of Moloch took hold.