Not everyone was celebrating yesterday's historical pro-life victory in the House of Representatives. Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards and President Obama wasted no time blasting the House's decision to end the intense pain babies feel from abortion after the five-month mark. Cecile Richards aired her disgust that Americans would rise up and want to stop the shedding of innocent blood.
"A 20 wk ban would hurt women," Richards tweeted. As experts in hurting women, Planned Parenthood should know better. The organization -- and in fact, the entire movement -- is indifferent to the agony their industry causes to the unborn and women. It's that aggressive insensitivity that continues to repel Americans from their cause. "Put simply," Richards argued, this bill "lacks compassion & it lacks respect."
The only thing that lacks respect in this debate is the organization that covers-up rape and abuse, encourages sex trafficking, teaches girls how to hide bruises from abusive men, targets black children for extinction, and leaves women bleeding on their tables without help. Is that how Planned Parenthood defines "compassion?" Tearing babies apart when they can feel it? Leaving women with deep emotional scars and a lifetime of guilt? Richards is right: This is a "dangerous bill." Dangerous to her bottom line. Dangerous to her industry's slipping grip on society. But to the rest of the country who stands on the side of humanity, of life, this a vote that -- as Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said emotionally -- "we will all remember the rest of our lives."
So will the tens of thousands of future Americans saved by the courageous work of this Congress. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who made a rare floor speech in support of the legislation, teared up when he talked. H.R. 36, he said, "is the most pro-life legislation ever to come before this body. It reflects the will of the American people."
The Democratic Party, on the other hand, reflected anything but. Proving what rigid hard-liners the Left has become, only four Democrats (Reps. Henry Cuellar, Texas; Jim Langavin, R.I.; Dan Lipinski, Ill.; and Collin Peterson, Minn.) sided with 70% of the country in stopping the barbaric practice of late-term abortion. The other 180 voted to keep America in the company of the brutal dictatorships of North Korea and China -- two of the only seven countries that allow abortions after five months.
As for the President, the same man who fought to legalize the killing of babies who survived their own abortion, the mere idea that our country would end the torture of these children is "disgraceful." That's what White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the bill yesterday -- to the shock and dismay of millions of Americans.
"It shouldn't be such a hard vote," Rep. Franks lamented, "because in spite of all of the political noise, protecting little unborn pain-capable babies is not a Republican issue -- and it's not a Democratic issue. It's a test of our basic humanity and who we are as a human family. It is time that the members of the United States Congress to open our hearts and our souls and remember that protecting those who cannot protect themselves is why we are all here! That's why we're here!"