Joe Scarborough claims America is not purple. Rather, half of it’s deeply red and half of it’s deeply blue. (Hum… if only someone would write a book about this.) This chasm was profoundly evident in the GOP and the Democratic debates:
The Democratic field all defended the practice of partial birth abortion, while Republicans were overwhelmingly pro-life. That may be why Rudy Giuliani’s worst moment for Republican voters was when he said overturning Roe v. Wade would be “okay.”
Okay? Good Lord, man. Get yourself a pithy two minute abortion answer and repeat it in front of the mirror a hundred times.
It was like he never dreamed he’d be asked about abortion. (This happened in South Carolina too, if you remember.)
Speaking of abortion, Dr. Alan Savell had an interesting medical take in a Tennessee paper about recent developments:
Two recent events are impacting America’s most bitterly debated issue. The first was premature infant Amillia Taylor’s survival – she went home after being born at 21 weeks and 6 days of gestation. The other was the Supreme Court upholding the federal ban on partial birth abortion. How can the practice of abortion be reconciled with the increasing viability of younger premature infants?
Statistically speaking, at least one late term abortion (greater than 20 weeks) was performed in the Miami metro area on the day Amilla was born there.
What was the difference between these two infants? Amilla’s survival shows these two infants were potentially viable on Oct 24. Although risk to the mother’s health is often raised as a concern, there are few places in the world healthier to be pregnant than America, with one of the lowest rates of maternal death in the world (8 per 100,000 live births). If viability and maternal health are not at issue, the only difference between the these two infants’ fates was their mothers’ choice. One begged modern medicine to save her child. The other legally asked modern medicine to end her child’s life. Two infants started that day in the same city, at the same age, in the same condition, with the same potential, But they ended in horribly different circumstances.
If America truly cherishes individual rights, life, and liberty, how will better neonatal care effect the abortion debate? And what will that say about us as a society?
I know we’ve said this before. But the next President will appoint judges that could overturn Roe v. Wade. Let’s choose wisely.
UPDATE: From The Politico:
Federal tax returns made public by the former New York mayor show that he and his then-wife, Donna Hanover, made personal donations to national, state and city chapters of Planned Parenthood totaling $900 in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999.
Why would a person who “hates” abortion donate money to the number one provider of abortions?