Jocelyn Elders, surgeon
general under President Bill Clinton, once scornfully spoke of conservatives'
"love affair with the fetus."
That conservatives would be so disposed to cherish life is perplexing to
liberals. But to conservatives, the love affair between liberals and death
is a strange one, indeed.
Recently, this love affair became manifest during the passage of congressional
legislation banning partial-birth abortions -- brutal assaults on the bodies
of women and their unborn babies. Partial-birth abortion is euphemistically
referred to as a "medical procedure," when in fact it is nothing of the sort.
As to be expected, the reaction from liberals was swift, hostile -- and dishonest.
Said Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), "For the first time in history, Congress
is banning a medical procedure that is considered medically necessary by
physicians. This is a radical, radical thing that is about to happen."
But a reasoned analysis indicates otherwise. The American Medical Association
has said that partial-birth abortion is never justifiable, and in order for
the doctor to perform this butchery he must mechanically induce a breech
delivery, subjecting the mother to considerably more stress than would a
Breech deliveries in times past were a death sentence for both mother and
baby. In the 19th Century, a breech birth with rare exception resulted in
the loss of life for both mother and child.
Furthermore, if it is necessary to perform this barbarism in order to preserve
the mother's health, why is her health not endangered when the baby is 80%
delivered, at which time it is hellishly slaughtered?
Those who support abortion, especially the grisly partial-birth kind, are
satisfied only with the baby's death. This simply is blood lust. Consider
this WorldNetDaily description of a video providing instruction for this most abominable act:
"Calmly and dispassionately describing each step of the process – up to and
including the insertion of the scissors into the base of the baby's head,
followed by the sound of the suction machine sucking out the baby's brain
– [abortion doctor Martin] Haskell walks his audience through the procedure
that opponents hope will finally be banned during this congressional session.
"At the end of the procedure, after the late-term, fully developed unborn
child's life has been violently and painfully terminated, the audience breaks
out into applause."
is the moral void into which modern liberalism has descended: The killing
of a baby, "calmly and dispassionately" described, is cause for celebration.
have reached a point where an Illinois Circuit Court judge ruled that a fully-born
baby, outside the mother's body, may be killed as long as the umbilical cord
remains uncut, because in such a condition the baby has not yet "established
a separate and independent life."
extreme of those who embrace death, such as Princeton University professor
and "ethicist" Peter Singer, even advocate a 28-day waiting period after
the birth of a baby, during which the parents may have her lawfully killed
if they find her defective.
think that never will happen, cannot happen, consider how Americans would
have reacted 30 years ago to partial-birth abortions, babies born alive in
botched abortions and left to die or be drowned by doctors, and judges ruling
that a baby outside her mother's womb may be killed if the umbilical cord
have leftists and Democrats so zealously aligned themselves with the culture
of death? Perhaps the answer lies in the Bible. Once the left assiduously
ridded itself of everything Christian, could it be that, in the words of
the Apostle Paul, "…God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts…
[and] …to shameful lusts"?
have so divorced themselves from objective morality, are so unable to tell
right from wrong, and so stifle open debate on great moral issues on college
campuses that what is unthinkable today has a disquieting way of becoming
very thinkable tomorrow.
is the low estate of liberalism in 21st Century America. Life is continually
devalued. The thirst for death seems unquenchable. The stories become more
horrific on a seemingly daily basis.
reminiscent of a time and place in the last century. The time was the late
1930s. The place was Germany. Abortion and the killing of undesirables were
commonplace. The perpetrators were socialists, committed to government control
over almost every aspect of society. They were called Nazis and they were
led by a man named Adolf Hitler.
they espoused then was despicable and unfathomably destructive, its consequences
unimaginably horrific. It is equally so today.
Dennis Campbell is a freelance writer who regularly contributes to Internet and print publications.