When it comes to pure passion, no controversy can hold a candle to the fight over abortion in the United States.
This is expected, of course. Brining a life into this world is one of the most profound experiences that any human being can have. This is, in many ways, our very purpose of being alive. Our brains are wired to make us think about reproducing hundreds of times per day, so, even those of us in America who choose to not be parents are fighting these urges at a near-constant clip.
That is why there have been such visceral reactions among conservatives this week after the State of Virginia continued to move forward with a bill that would legalize abortion up to the 40-week mark.
The outrage has gone mainstream as well, with Tucker Carlson weighing in as well. In a recent op-ed for Fox News, Carlson had the following to say:
And that’s why a video of a Virginia Democratic lawmaker called Kathy Tran is remarkable. In it, Tran explains in detail a bill she’s introduced that will remove all restrictions on late-term abortion. She was asked, “Well, what would that mean exactly?” And Tran tells the truth. She admits her bill allow a woman to request an abortion even when she’s dilating.
So, abortion at the point of dilation. If you’re confused about what that means, ask anyone who has given birth. And then think about it for a second. There’s a lot going on, obviously. But just think about that for one second. You may be pro-choice — are you OK with that?
Here’s where Virginia enters the fray.
Virginia’s governor is OK with that. He’s thought about it. Ralph Northam is his name. He has been in office a little over a year. He’s often described — in fact, always described as — “moderate.” And that’s pretty amazing, given his reaction to Kathy Tran’s late-term abortion bill. On Wednesday, he said the following on third-term abortions: “It’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that is nonviable. So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant will be resuscitated, if that’s what the mother and family desire, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
A discussion about killing the infant? The infant. He’s direct enough to call the infant what it is – “the infant.” But again, he says, “The infant would be delivered and resuscitated if that’s what the mother desires.”
In other words, the governor of Virginia has just told us in public, on camera, that it’s OK to kill a child after the child has been born. That used to be call infanticide, not rhetorically, but literally infanticide – taking the life of a child who is breathing.
Worse still – Northam himself is a doctor, having specialized in pediatric neurology during his time in a white coat.
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