The Real (Orwellian) War on Women
I picked this up on my Twitter feed earlier this morning, and went to check it out. The video is about a woman who has goes undercover to a Planned Parenthood Clinic in New York City to set up an abortion because tests have shown she is going to have a baby girl. As she explains to the Clinic adviser, she and her husband already have a little girl, and would prefer to have a boy instead. Hence, the decision to have an abortion.
Watching the video and listening to the casual, nonchalant discussion of ending a human life simply because the baby is the wrong sex is incredibly chilling, almost Orwellian. No matter what your stance may be on abortion, or Planned Parenthood, this video should be disturbing for what it says about the kind of society we’re becoming. This latest reason for an abortion being used by some women, I find to be particularly heinous.
This subject, gendercide, adds another element to the abortion debate. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), joined by 97 Republican and Democrat co-sponsors, introduced H.R. 3541 Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act (PRENDA), which would prohibit sex-selective abortions. A portion of the Bill’s text is shown below:
(C) …. Experts have demonstrated that the sex-selection industry is on the rise and predict that it will continue to be a growing trend in the United States.
(D) A ‘sex-selection abortion’ is an abortion undertaken for purposes of eliminating an unborn child of an undesired sex. Sex-selection abortion is barbaric, and described by scholars and civil rights advocates as an act of sex-based or gender-based violence, predicated on sex discrimination. Sex-selection abortions are typically late-term abortions performed in the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy, after the unborn child has developed sufficiently to feel pain.
(E) The targeted victims of sex-selection abortions performed in the United States and worldwide are overwhelmingly female. The selective abortion of females is female infanticide, the intentional killing of unborn females, due to the preference for male offspring or ‘son preference’.
The White House response to the Bill has been:
White House deputy press secretary Jamie Smith says in a statement: “The Administration opposes gender discrimination in all forms, but the end result of this legislation would be to subject doctors to criminal prosecution if they fail to determine the motivations behind a very personal and private decision. The government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way.”
The above phrase, “the government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way” is laughable considering the intrusions that Obamacare has made into this area.
The decision in Roe v. Wade made abortion is legal in the United States. For those who have been victims of rape, incest, or for life and death medical reasons, the law has proven to be a respite. Whether the law stands in perpetuity, or is eventually struck down will not be decided by moral outrage for those who cannot speak. Only when the value and respect for human life surpasses the inconvenient truth and the power of “it’s all about me”, will the tide begin to turn.
Perhaps, we’ve finally reached that turning point.
Update: The House rejected the Bill 246-168