May 30, 2019
At first, they don't seem all that alike. He's the 22-year-old contestant who wowed the world on Wednesday's "America's Got Talent." She's the tiniest baby ever to survive. One was blind and autistic, barely able to introduce the song that shocked people to tears. The other was the size of a juice box, fitting snuggly in the doctor's hands. By the Left's standards, neither life was worth saving. But this morning, their miracle stories are front-page news, reminding all of us: don't count anyone out.
Most people tuning in to NBC last night probably had no idea what the Supreme Court had done the day before. Their eyes were on Kodi Lee, stunned that a sightless, disabled singer was capable of so much. But then, isn't that the problem with our society? Not everyone sees the potential lives like Kodi's -- including, in a surreal backdrop to yesterday's show -- the U.S. Supreme Court. No one will ever know which justices declined to review a lower court ruling that struck down disability-based abortions. What we do know, after Wednesday, is that we live in a nation that can target babies for death because they don't see the beauty in a person as unique as Kodi.
At 8.6 ounces, a lot of people didn't see a future for a life like Saybie's either. "We weren't expecting anyone this small," the neonatologist said with wonder. "I was stunned, frankly." Born at 23 weeks, Saybie wouldn't have even been considered a baby by most liberals. (Or her mom a "mother.") "When a woman gets pregnant," Christine Quinn argued on CNN, "that is not a human being inside of her." Good luck persuading the country of that now that they've seen the pictures of this perfectly-formed, perfectly human infant, who entered the world just shy of her third trimester. Of course, Saybie's value doesn't come from her size -- just like Kodi's doesn't come from his talent. Their worth doesn't even come from being wanted or loved, which they are. It comes from being a person of dignity, made in the image of God.
What a huge relief that leaders across America understand that, even if the Democrats on Capitol Hill do not. In Louisiana, the headache for national liberals got even bigger when the local party didn't just sign on to the state's pro-life push -- but led it. For the first time in the 2019 sweep of abortion bans in the South and Midwest, a Democrat, State Senator John Milkovich, sponsored the bill to outlaw abortion after a baby's heartbeat is detected. Eighteen more voted for its passage. The media wants you to believe that these are outliers. But in a four-month span that's seen more than 130 Democrats siding with life or against radical abortion expansions, the reality is anything but.
Extremists in party headquarters are also scrambling to spin Governor John Bel Edwards's (D) support, since he's poised -- not just to sign one of the earliest abortion bans into law, but a ban that recognizes the value of all life, regardless of how it was conceived. Like Alabama, Louisiana lawmakers rejected the idea that an innocent child of rape or incest should be punished for the crimes of her father.
"I know there are many who feel just as strongly as I do on abortion and disagree with me -- and I respect their opinions," Governor Edwards said in a statement. "As I prepare to sign this bill, I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for it to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana that cares for the least among us and provides more opportunity for everyone."
Back in October, long before the tragedy of the New York law, Edwards hinted at the trouble in store for a Democratic party determined to banish pro-lifers. "I know that for many in the national party, on the national scene, [it's] not a good fit. But I will tell you, here in Louisiana, I speak and meet with Democrats who are pro-life every single day." And based on polling, it's not just Louisiana. Most Americans -- including Democrats -- are completely on board with reining in abortion. By a huge margin -- 71 to 18 percent -- this country thinks killing innocent unborn children after 20 weeks should be illegal. Fifty-nine percent of those are Democrats!
The abortion industry can say what it wants. And in places like Alabama, it can spend what it wants. But even $100-to-$1 odds won't buy the Left what it needs: acceptance for a radical agenda the country is rejecting more every day. Because with every Saybie and every Kodi, they've seen the truth: that every life counts.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.