Pro-choice politicians reject science of fetal pain

Their faith in abortion leaves no room for evidence. Photo: Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY, June 21, 2013 — President Obama asked America from Newton last December, “Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?” Those words were moving after the massacre, at a time the nation needed to be comforted.

But when it comes to speaking for the unborn, Obama and the Democrats can only shout down their opponents. Only the GOP is interested in protecting the rights of unborn children.

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Republicans are often accused of being “anti-science.” On abortion, it is Democrats who can’t deal with science. Their hypocrisy is overwhelming.

The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Wednesday, forcing Democrats once again to defend abortion under any circumstances.

On some issues, Democrats are quite proud to be guided by evidence presented by the scientific community. On climate change, they say science is on their side to raise taxes and enact policies that would curb emissions. When it comes to teaching science in public schools, they claim intellectual superiority for rejecting any mention of intelligent design.

That’s where Democrat fidelity to science ends. On abortion issues, their rejection of science and common sense is extreme and dangerous.

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Twenty children died in the mass murder in Newton, Conn. Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, over 50 million fetuses have been aborted. Science suggests that those would have become children, the same kind of children that we wept for last December.

Long gone are the days when national Democrats, most famously Bill Clinton, described their hope that abortion would be safe, legal, and rare. Yet new life has been breathed into the pro-life movement by the horrendous accounts of the Kermit Gosnell trial.

The grand jury report indicates that Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist, routinely performed late-term abortions, which are prohibited by Pennsylvania law. Gosnell was enabled by a pro-abortion regime in the United States that discourages any type of restriction, regulation, or oversight on the huge abortion industry.

According to the Gosnell grand jury, he performed “four or five illegal abortions every week.” He is on capital trial for the murder of a woman who sought abortion services, in addition to the murder of babies who survived his abortion attempts.

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Gosnell is certainly an outlier. But when national Democrats refuse to budge an inch, in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence that fetuses can feel and react to pain at 20 weeks, the Gosnells of the world are emboldened.

The House bill, which passed the House along party lines, summarizes the scientific rationale for restricting abortion above a certain fetal age.

Of course, the science isn’t completely settled. Science is always unsettled, that’s the basis for investigation. And conservatives are right to be suspicious of scientists having too much influence on policy. Many political questions are matters of principles and values, not of empirical scientific outcomes.

Yet, when it comes to abortion and fetal viability and pain, Democrats turn a blind eye on science and resort to platitudes.

And every year, violence is visited upon our children, without Democrats shedding a tear.  


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Rich Stowell has written about politics and travel for the Washington Times Communities since 2011. He is a soldier in the Utah National Guard and a fellow at the Center for Communication and Community at the University of Utah. Rich is the author of "Nine Weeks: A Teacher's Education in Army Basic Training"and continues to blog about military issues at “My Public Affairs.”

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