February 07, 2019
Seventy-two percent of Americans don't believe the media -- and based on the reporting about New York's abortion law, there's no reason to start now. "Fake news" doesn't begin to describe the massive misinformation campaign launched by the far-Left to keep a lid on the truth about the barbarity and inhumanity of the procedure the president blasted Tuesday night.
NBC, the Washington Post, and New York Times are some of the worst offenders, using their supposed "fact-checkers" to buy them credibility on an issue they're brazenly misrepresenting. "Mr. Trump said that lawmakers in New York cheered the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments before birth." The New York Times rated this as "misleading."
The Times argues that the law "does not broadly allow abortions until shortly before birth, as Mr. Trump suggested. Instead, it will allow for an abortion after 24 weeks to protect the mother's health or if the fetus is not viable. Under the prior law, abortions were allowed after 24 weeks only if the woman's life was in jeopardy." False! As experts across America have pointed out since last month, the "health" exemption is a joke. Until last month, late-term abortions were only allowed in New York if the life of the mother was in jeopardy. Now, as even doctors point out, abortionists can define "health of the mother" as anything they want -- including something as simple as depression. It's a loophole so massive you could drive a garbage truck through it. "It is why," Denny Burk points out, "the current law of the land allows for abortion through all nine months of pregnancy up to the point of birth."
Maternal health, as decided by the Supreme Court, includes "all factors -- physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age -- relevant to the wellbeing of the patient." Even the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute points out that most of the abortions that occur after 20 weeks have nothing to do with medical emergencies. "...[M]ost women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment." Instead, Alexandra Desanctis points out, it found that "these women tended to be young, poor, or both, and often delayed their abortion because they had to find money to travel to and pay for the procedure."
Consider this testimony from Omar Hamada: "I want to clear something up so that there is absolutely no doubt. I'm a Board Certified OB/GYN who has delivered over 2,500 babies. There's not a single fetal or maternal condition that requires third trimester abortion. Not one. Delivery, yes. Abortion, no." Former abortionist Anthony Levatino echoed that sentiment in his testimony to Congress. "During my time at Albany Medical Center, I managed hundreds of [high-risk] cases by 'terminating' pregnancies to save mother's lives. In all those hundreds of cases, the number of unborn children that I had to deliberately kill was zero."
The "health of the mother" exception is a convenient -- but phony -- barrier to abortion. A money-hungry Planned Parenthood clinic isn't going to have a sudden attack of conscience when a woman comes in requesting a third-trimester abortion. It will use whatever means available, including its own definition of necessity, to make a sale.
When President Trump talked about ripping a baby out of the mother's womb, he wasn't exaggerating. "That's important," John O'Sullivan writes for National Review, "because... one of the reasons for the survival of such an extraordinarily permissive legal abortion regime as the U.S. has enjoyed since Roe v. Wade is that most people have no idea of just how permissive it is. Much effort on the Democratic side goes into keeping the public ignorant on that point, because, as the 'pro-choice party,' they benefit from the voters' unawareness of what exactly it is that they support."
Democrats are desperate to keep the public ignorant on the barbarism that finances their PACs and powers their reelections. And they have plenty of friends in the media who are willing to keep up this charade that dismembering innocent children is a civilized practice. The abortion industry has been grateful for the cover. After all, if there's anything they've learned over the years, it's that truth -- especially this variety -- is very bad for business.
For the latest from Congress on what Senate Democrats are doing to expand abortion to full-blown infanticide, don't miss my interview with Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.).
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.