Monday, July 13, 2015

What every happened to cause no pain?

First Things reports:

The just-concluded session of the Montana Legislature sent Governor Steve Bullock the “Montana Unborn Child Pain and Suffering Prevention Act” (HB 479), which would have set the anesthetization of any unborn child twenty weeks gestation or older prior to abortion as standard policy. State Representative Albert Olszewski, who introduced the bill, is himself pro-life, but he presented the bill as a possible consensus measure: if a fetus is a sentient biological being and might be able to experience pain, shouldn’t we do what we can to alleviate that potential pain? Wouldn’t taking the measure of anesthetizing a five month old or older fetus prior to abortion say something at least about our humanity, if not his?

It should be noted that the bill itself was further watered down during the legislative process: the original bill required anesthetization prior to abortion but—so as not to interfere with Roe’s “right to abortion,” any woman could exempt herself from the requirement. In the end, the bill simply set a state default position: absent the gravida opting out, state policy would have been that abortions performed in the middle of the second trimester and beyond be preceded by anesthesia of the fetus.

The federal “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (HR 1797) which passed the House of Representatives June 18 and is pending in the U.S. Senate, takes a far less agnostic position about the capacity of a 20 week old unborn child—in whom every organ has been in place for at least 12 weeks and brain waves detectable for 13—to experience excruciating pain during abortion which, at this stage of pregnancy, essentially involves dismemberment. The federal law bans such abortions outright; the Montana bill would simply have put the force of State policy—a policy any pregnant woman could waive—behind anesthetizing the fetus prior to dismemberment. The federal law makes performance of such abortions at so late a stage of pregnancy criminally punishable; the Montana bill would simply have stripped the abortionist of his professional license.

Consensus was not to be had: 20 of the Senate’s 21 Democrats still voted “no.” 

My Comments:

Has abortion become such a fundamental right to women that the pain of the infant is of no concern?  Have we become so jealous of rights that the pain of others inflicted in the exercise of those rights no longer merits any attention?  The story takes place in Montana -- not hardly the liberal diehard of a California but still the right of the mother is the sacred cow upon which no one dare infringe or give second thought.

What ever happened to the medical call to at least do no harm?  We are jealous about monkeys and their rights (remember that at the time two monkeys were awaiting a court decision to see if they had been illegally detained).  We refuse tuna captured at harm to dolphins.  We insist that dogs and cats be treated humanely.  We even are concerned that plants might have feelings.  Apparently, none of this counts with respect to the fetus hacked up into pieces in the mother's womb in the most brutal forms of abortion known as D&E (Dilation and Evacuation) procedures and partial birth abortion.

We are truly valueless if the pain and suffering of the child in the womb counts for nothing but the rights of animals do.  It is no wonder that society is at war.  What remains the haunting question, however, is how anyone can justify this pain.  Whether or not you are pro-life, at the very least our humanity shows in our concern for the suffering of the unborn.  We refuse to allow methods of execution that cause the victim pain and suffering; can we do any less for the infant whose mother has deemed the child's life expendable? 


Carl Vehse said...

The actions of various political leaders in all three branches of the federal government, and in many state governments, and approximately half of those who voted in presidential elections have led to, supported, or sustained the genocidal slaughter, to date, of 55 million unborn citizens, which is genocidal murder, crimes against humanity, and acts of giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

If pro-life organizations do not advocate, support, and demand Nuremberg-style trials for justice against the hundreds of thousands of pro-abortion leaders and enablers, they obliterate their own moral claim to being opposed to murder-by-abortion, and reduce their pro-life preference to a moral equivalent of chosing which color of socks to put on.

If abortion is wrong because it is murder - and it is, on a genocidal scale - rather than wearing the wrong color of socks, then a pro-life position must truly be a decision for justice.

Anonymous said...

It's absolutely tragic the state in which abortion is treated. Abortion at any cost seems the motto. Absolutely tragic.

Anonymous said...

Wonder what the woman having the abortion would say if the doctor told her she couldn't have any anesthesia during or after the "procedure?"

Carl Vehse said...

Genocidal murderers are not concerned about any pain an unborn infant experiences from being murdered, when there is a rapid business in body parts to sell for profit, although "[t]rafficking in human body parts is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $500,000."

However, a Planned Parenthood Senior Director of Medical Services can be seen offering the sale of aborted infant body parts in the LifeSiteNews link, "BREAKING: Undercover video catches Planned Parenthood selling aborted baby body parts."