Wendy Davis: Late term abortion rights “sacred ground”

posted at 5:21 pm on August 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Wendy Davis hasn’t yet finished playing out her losing hand in Texas yet.  The state Senator that unsuccessfully filibustered a bill banning late-term abortions that had the support of 62% of Texas voters says she might run for governor next year — in part to get a change from “very partisan” leadership:

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, said Monday that she will either run for re-election or for Texas governor, and that she’s working hard to make her decision.

Speaking at a National Press Club luncheon, Davis said those were the only two options, and that she’s not considering joining the lieutenant governor’s race. She did not indicate when she’ll make up her mind.

“People do feel we need a change from the very fractured, very partisan leadership we’re seeing in Texas right now,” she said.

Ah, yes … because nothing says bipartisanship like blocking a bill barring late-term abortions that 62% of voters — and 61% of women (page 416 of crosstabs) — supported.  Independents supported the 20-week ban by a 61/29 margin.  How does Davis explain that kind of stubborn positioning in light of her commitment to changing the “very partisan” leadership in Texas?  By quoting Nancy Pelosi, of course!

During a speech and press conference today, pro-abortion Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis said she would consider running for governor. The abortion activist also pulled a page from Nancy Pelosi’s playbook by calling defending late-term abortions “sacred ground.”

“I’ll seek common ground – we all must – but sometimes you have to take a stand on sacred ground,” Davis said during her press conference — referring to her filibuster to stop a bill to ban abortions after five months.

Reporters asked Davis if she supported any limits on abortions and she responded that she did not — saying she supports current federal law.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think any Democrat is going to win a statewide election in Texas by quoting Nancy Pelosi on abortion, especially given the polling in the state before and during the battle over the late-term abortion ban. If Davis had any sense of self-awareness, I’d assume this was intended to be irony.  Instead, it’s simply farce.

Update: Speaking of self-awareness, here’s the bipartisan warrior on the Kermit Gosnell case, which prompted the legislation in Texas to ban abortions after 20 weeks and require abortion mills to meet the same requirements as all other ambulatory surgical centers:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD: The supporters of these bans, they argue that there really isn’t much of a difference between what happened in that Philadelphia case with abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell [killing born-alive infants] 23 weeks into pregnancy and legal late-term abortions at 23 weeks. What is the difference between those two, between legal abortion at 23 weeks and what Gosnell did? Do you see a distinction between those two [acts]?

SEN. WENDY DAVIS: I don’t know what happened in the Gosnell case. But I do know that it happened in an ambulatory surgical center. And in Texas changing our clinics to that standard obviously isn’t going to make a difference. The state of the law obviously has to assure that doctors are providing safe procedures for women and that proper oversight by the health and human services department is being given. It sounds as though there was a huge gap in that oversight, and no one can defend that. But that’s not the landscape of what’s happening in Texas.

It happened in an ambulatory surgical center where the state refused to enforce its laws, as the grand jury concluded, because of the politics involved.  And without that enforcement, there’s nothing to prevent it from happening in Texas, either.  At least putting those requirements into law will give Texas the means to prevent a Gosnell in Texas; whether or not they use those means depends in large part on who gets elected as Governor.  Clearly, if that’s Davis, those regulations will remain unenforced, and butchers could go for several years without fear of apprehension.


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This idiot is still stuck on 14:59 I see.

gsherin on August 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Partisan means anti-Democratic.

Non-partisan means correct, progressive and Democratic.

I guess people haven’t been paying attention to the modern meaning of words.

CrazyGene on August 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM

As sacred as the grave of a murdered child?

portlandon on August 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Go ahead and run for governor – Greg Abbott will run over you. Literally.

Abortion mills are already closing – the PP mill in College Station, the home of Texas A&M, and where Abby Johnson worked, is closing.

Ward Cleaver on August 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think any Democrat is going to win a statewide election in Texas…

She probably won’t be able to retain her current seat. So why not go for the brass ring if she is going to lose any way?

cozmo on August 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

She should just move to a Blue state. Perry could even offer to pay her moving expenses.

Charlemagne on August 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

The abortion activist also pulled a page from Nancy Pelosi’s playbook by calling defending late-term abortions “sacred ground.”

Sacred ground would presumably be ground dedicated to the worship of some kind of deity. Golly, whatever happened to your beloved “separation of church and state,” liberals?

And also, exactly which deity are you worshipping?

Stoic Patriot on August 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

At this point, she’s being a typical Democrat: She’s nagging.

Liam on August 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

“Sacred ground” is right. Abortion is the one issue democrats will lose elections over. It’s their number one must have … the freedom to kill a baby up to the delivery date. Some want the freedom to kill babies even after they’re born.

There is something wrong with people who sacrifice everything to kill children.

darwin on August 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Ghoul.

I hope she DOES buy her own hype and runs, loses by ridiculous numbers (cuz she would) and learns the hard way that she’s being/been used.

Not much is too bad for this woman to exprience, IMHO.

pambi on August 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Hey Davis: I was an effing PREEMIE!
Effing baby killer!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

She’s the next Fluke speaker at the DNC convention.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I think I’ve heard enough about this fringe kook.

forest on August 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth

There are Demonrats in Fort Worth? Another illusion shattered. Screeching harpies who wear comfortable shoes and a catheter in order to murder children is more of an Austin sort of thing.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

“I’ll seek common ground – we all must – but sometimes you have to take a stand on sacred ground,” Davis said during her press conference — referring to her filibuster to stop a bill to ban abortions after five months.

According to a June National Journal poll, 50% of WOMEN SUPPORT, and 43% oppose, a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape and incest.

In the same NatJour poll, the results on late-term abortion (where the question is somewhat biased against the pro-life side) are even more stark. The poll’s question claims the bill passed in the House of Representatives only contains exceptions in the cases of rape or incest without mentioning that there is also an exception for when a physical health condition puts the life of the mother at risk. Despite the biased question, the poll still finds that a majority of women support the bill (50 percent to 44 percent), with Americans overall backing the bill 48 percent to 44 percent. Independent voters back the bill by 14 points (53 percent to 39 percent).

In January, Gallup reported in January that 80% percent of Americans think abortion should be illegal in the third trimester, and 64% think it should be illegal in the second trimester.

In a Pew poll released on 31 July 2013, 61% of Americans support abortion in the first trimester, but only 27% support keeping abortion legal in the second trimester and a tiny 14% of Americans believe that abortion should be legal during the last 3 months of pregnancy.

Resist We Much on August 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I think Wendy’s catheter is clogged.

Pork-Chop on August 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Hey Davis: I was an effing PREEMIE!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

In Wendy Davis’s world, preemies are called missed opportunities.

Seriously, I doubt this woman goes to church but can you imagine sitting in a worship service knowing that this vile evil woman is praying two pews in front of you?

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

I live in Austin. My Congressman is Republican.

KCB on August 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

one word … redistricting !!!
one very big reason for the feds’ battle with TX

pambi on August 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

The Houston Comical is reporting her filibuster as successful.

http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/2013/08/wendy-davis-ill-run-for-either-governor-or-texas-senate/?cmpid=hpbn

If by success they mean shutting down the process by running out the clock that was the crowd. She got called on a technicality and did not take the filibuster to the end of the clock. They just write whatever they feel like.

DanMan on August 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

That woman is an idiot and does not speak for Texas women. Her 15 minutes are up .. she needs to go back to obscurity!

maables on August 5, 2013 at 5:41 PM

“Yeah I’m a ghoul, but I think Texas needs a ghoul to really shake things up.”

-Wendy Ghoul

Bishop on August 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

She added:

Hmmm, feeeeeeeeeetusesssssss! Deliiiiiiiicioooooouuuus feeeeeetuseeeees…..

Valkyriepundit on August 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

According to a June National Journal poll, 50% of WOMEN SUPPORT, and 43% oppose, a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape and incest.

The reality is that inducing abortion at after the 20 week point is medically necessary. This is all about the convenience of the woman to kill a child up until the point it is delivered.

The Gosnell case proves there is cause for greater oversight of abortion factories. They are not operating in a safe and clinical way. Barbershops face more oversight than do the clinics Davis defends.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Wendy Davis makes most of her money off of the abortion industry – they are her largest donor. Second largest donor is a big ambulance chaser law firm. Third largest – out of state donors.

She has to keep talking about this or they will find another mule to haul their dope.

batterup on August 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I wonder if Davis would support abortion in the 200th trimester?

Because she is there.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

one word … redistricting !!!
one very big reason for the feds’ battle with TX

pambi on August 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

My big boss is in Fort Worth. I’m there a couple of times a year. While I am sure there are liberal/Demonrat parts of the city itself, I’ve never had the impression that Fort Worth is supportive of the kind of lunacy that Davis espouses.

Makes me re-think the suggestions that my next career move is relocating to FTW.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

She’s the Todd Akin of the Left.

Punchenko on August 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Killing babies very late into a pregnancy, when the baby is viable outside the womb, is “sacred”?

Really?

I don’t think that word means what she thinks it means.

AZCoyote on August 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

I wonder if Davis would support abortion in the 200th trimester?

Because she is there.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

You jest (I hope). What really pisses me off about the Wendy Davis’s of the world is that they refuse to even acknowledge that those who disagree with them do so for legitimate and heartfelt reasons. They are just like atheists in the respect. Intolerant of any views other than their own.

What makes Davis especially vile is that she takes her intolerant mindset to the statehouse.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Molech must be appeased!!

Or else the crops won’t grow!!

CurtZHP on August 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

She’s the Todd Akin of the Left.

Punchenko on August 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

No. She’s the Kermit Gosnell of the Texas Senate.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

BTW, people need to stop talking about “20 weeks” when they’re discussing late-term abortion restrictions with LIVs.

At the 20 week point, the woman is beginning the 6th month of her pregnancy.

AZCoyote on August 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

KP-http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/08/02/another-gosnell-in-delaware/?fb_action_ids=394163954018672&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%22394163954018672%22%3A451953691578245%7D&action_type_map=%7B%22394163954018672%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

vcferlita on August 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Can understand that, but we can use every patriot we can get !!
;-) Our home is in Arlington.

pambi on August 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Can’t wait to vote against this biatch in the governor’s race. But I’ll have to vote twice because I want to vote for Abbott.

NOMOBO on August 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Why didn’t they ask her about the “doctor” in Houston that is currently under investigation for literally POPPING THE HEADS OFF ALIVE BABIES in his abortion clinic?

cptacek on August 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

You’all don’t understand. When you get mounted by a whole platoon how’s a skank like this supposed to know who the daddy is? The government only pays so much for you to be a sleezy strumpet so you need the child support to make ends meet.

If you don’t know who the dad is and you are too busy rutting like a rabbit in heat it might take you 20-26 weeks to decide to hack it out.

all women obviously need this right.

acyl72 on August 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Makes me re-think the suggestions that my next career move is relocating to FTW.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Davis was a popular city council person in a city that doesn’t have partisan city government elections. She was first elected to the senate running on her her fairly non-partisan record. She kept her head down her fist term and barely won re-election. Again running on her popularity and her non-record in the state senate.

She won’t have that luxury this time. And the smart money was on her losing before she found her soap box.

cozmo on August 5, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Killing babies very late into a pregnancy, when the baby is viable outside the womb, is “sacred”?

Really?

I don’t think that word means what she thinks it means.

AZCoyote on August 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

+1

talkingpoints on August 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

cozmo on August 5, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Thanks for the boots on the ground report!

cptacek on August 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Wendy Davis: Late term abortion rights “sacred ground”

Why do they want this junk so badly? Has it made women’s lives any better? They got their abortion “privileges” forty years ago and they’re still complaining.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

The woman is clearly delusional if she thinks this crusade of hers is going to win her a seat in the Governor’s Mansion. She reminds me of that Weiner in NYC.

scalleywag on August 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Late term abortion rights “sacred ground”

Wendy Davis, TX State Senator

.
I suppose it is, for Satanists.

listens2glenn on August 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

And also, exactly which deity are you worshipping?

Stoic Patriot on August 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Moloch.

Sockpuppet Politic on August 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Your 15 mins. are expired.

…and you’re not very bright.

Go away.

98ZJUSMC on August 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM

She is 100% correct.

To Progressives that worship political power it’s where they enter that temple. First covered with blood of the innocent. She is just following the Current high Priest Barack Obama who got his trip into the Temple by his “Born Alive” work in the Illinois Senate.

COVER ME WITH THEIR BLOOD OH MOLECH, they cry.

PappyD61 on August 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM

The defense of murder is ….. “sacred ground”.

Time for the low-info ‘tards to let that sink in.

Oh,…wait.

98ZJUSMC on August 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I thought it was we brain dead SoCons that were keeping the abortion debate going.

Cleombrotus on August 5, 2013 at 6:21 PM

“I don’t know what happened in the Gosnel case.”

This “legislative expert” on abortion rights couldn’t bother to inform herself on the case that inspired the Texas legislation?

But wait: In the next breath she goes on to explain the difference between the Gosnel case and Texas’ situation.

So what she really means is, “I don’t give a rat’s behind about the suffering and murder perpetrated by Gosnel, and I’ll thank you to shut up about it.”

notropis on August 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I wanted to say “… keeping the abortion debate ALIVE” but somehow it just didn’t seem to fit.

Cleombrotus on August 5, 2013 at 6:23 PM

May God Bless the LITTLE children.

Grunt on August 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Hey Davis: I was an effing PREEMIE!
Effing baby killer!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

.
Don’t shout that so loud, or you might be getting one of these in the mail:

We understand you were born a “premie”. I’m sorry … but you’re not worthy to “exist”.

Report to the nearest abortion mi- I mean clinic, for an extra-late term euthaniz- I mean abortion.

Some anonymous ‘Texas State Authority’

listens2glenn on August 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

The skanktification of abortion politics. Throw a bottle of sh1t on them, Wendy!

Jaibones on August 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Sacred ground is it??? They sacrifice children to appease their God, do they???? I wonder who their God is??? Hmmmmm?? Could it be??? Perhaps… SATAN!!! (in my best Church Lady voice)

iceman1960 on August 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM

listens2glenn on August 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

I was born before Roe v Wade. Only preemies born after 1973 get those type of summons. ///

annoyinglittletwerp on August 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM

And also, exactly which deity are you worshipping?Stoic Patriot on August 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

The Baalim god Molech or Satan if you prefer – the fallen angel of light and prince of this realm.

AH_C on August 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Why do they want this junk so badly? Has it made women’s lives any better? They got their abortion “privileges” forty years ago and they’re still complaining.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Liberals are sore winners, sometimes worse than they are sore losers. There like little kids who’ll nag for a cookie before supper, then get really angry when they can’t have two.

Liam on August 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Hey, Wendy! You’ve got to be kidding if that’s all you’ve got to run on for governor. Where’s the beef?

lonestarleeroy on August 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM

There=They’re (before the spelling Gestapo start their own nagging)

Liam on August 5, 2013 at 6:45 PM

“I’ll seek common ground – we all must – but sometimes you have to take a stand on sacred ground,” Davis said during her press conference — referring to her filibuster to stop a bill to ban abortions after five months.

Wendy is right you know. She stands on ground made sacred by the blood of innocent children. Understand what you are observing on the pro-abortion Progressive-left. Progressives have progressed so far they have returned to the pre-Judaeo/Christian world of child sacrifice. I’d say Progs’ loath faithful Christians and Jews today for much the same reason archaic Pagans loathed faithful Jews and then Christians. They really don’t appreciate anyone telling them that murdering scapegoat children is evil.

Mike OMalley on August 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

I don’t understand these people. I can’t even nod in disagreement. It’s to visceral to just agree to disagree.

And it’s not just this issue. The same lack of respect is common thread.

They disgust me on every level.

wolly4321 on August 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

This sick slime ball needs to crawl back into the ooze from whence she slithered.

rplat on August 5, 2013 at 7:21 PM

I’m utterly sick to see this witch get any coverage.

The priestess of Baal must continue with her work at proselytizing the uninformed.

avagreen on August 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Abortion with out limits is sacred to the far left.

jpmn on August 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Wendy Davis is yet another nutcase that believes abortion is about women’s rights, but if you think of it if every woman started killing babies humanity would cease to exist. So she is basically supporting genocide.

A catheter-wearing nut case to support genocide and thinks that people of Texas will actually support her??!

avagreen on August 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

She’s not that slick. She understands what it takes to get the abortion uber alles money to roll in & she’s willing to sing from that songsheet.

BD57 on August 5, 2013 at 8:19 PM

B A B Y K I L L I N

Is SACRED.

TX-96 on August 5, 2013 at 8:35 PM

TX-96 on August 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM

DONT FUND IT

TX-96 on August 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Headline:

Wendy Davis Condemns Politicians Using Abortion to Boost Their Careers

Except when they’re stepping in that sacred ground thingy.

BigAlSouth on August 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Wendy Davis and Santa Ana…Texas heroes.

kbTexan on August 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Cee U Next Tuesday….

Tilly on August 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Abortion with out limits is sacred to the far left.

jpmn on August 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM

and the occasional right-winger! It takes all kinds.

thuja on August 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

So I tried to figure out some defense of the use of “sacred ground” by Pelosi and Davis. I couldn’t. Pelosi is an idiot in so many ways, why wouldn’t her defense of abortion be idiotic also? But even idiots are right some of the time. And they may even be right about something which they make a bad argument for.

thuja on August 5, 2013 at 9:12 PM

there is nothing to defend baby killers

crosshugger on August 5, 2013 at 9:38 PM

The linchpin to Roe vs. Wade is the Court’s rationale that because the decision to undergo an abortion ordinarily occurs between patient and physician, and because that interaction ordinarily takes place in private, the right to privacy insulates abortion from the reach of the State. Roe vs. Wade itself does not define the right to an abortion, but it does unambiguously declare that the baby in the womb is not a person, and that the right to privacy protects the mother’s decision to kill the baby.

Did you catch that? The Supreme Court declared that the baby in the womb is not a person. When it made that declaration, it rejected dozens of decisions of other courts, in America and in Great Britain, holding that the baby in the womb is a person. This is reminiscent of the Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision in 1857 in which it ruled that blacks were not persons. In both cases, it cited no precedent, it gave no rational basis, and in Roe vs. Wade, it merely said that because philosophers, physicians and lawyers could not agree on whether babies in wombs are persons, it would declare them not to be persons.

If the baby in the womb is a person, then all abortion is unlawful. That’s because of the constitutional protection for all persons. The Constitution unambiguously prohibits the government from impairing or permitting others to impair the life, liberty and property of persons without due process.

Here’s my political beef with so-called pro-life politicians in both parties. In the years in which the pro-life Ronald Reagan and both Presidents Bush were in the White House, from time to time, both chambers of Congress had pro-life majorities. Did you see any legislation passed that declared a baby in the womb to be a person? No. This could have been done by a simple majority vote and presidential signature, and Roe vs. Wade, and all the killing it spawned, would have ended.

How scary is this? The Supreme Court declares a class of humanity not to be persons, and then permits people to destroy the members of the class. That’s what happened to blacks during slavery; that was the philosophical argument underlying the Holocaust; that’s what is happening to babies in the womb today; and that might become the basis for the government killing persons it hates or fears in the future. It will declare them to be non-persons.

donabernathy on August 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Sacred ground? Kind of like in Pet Semetery?

njcommuter on August 5, 2013 at 10:55 PM

There are basically two parts to the Gosnell story. Part one is the filthy conditions, the callousness (including racism), the deceit and so on, including Gosnell’s conviction for the manslaughter of a mother. Wendy Davis’ answer addresssed that part. Ed Morrissey’s response to it is fair, but it misses the fact that Davis’ answer was partly an attempt to divert attention from Gosnell part two – Gosnell’s murder-one conviction for the intentional killing of two children he had just (unintentionally) delivered alive a few seconds earlier. That is the part Davis really doesn’t want to address, and it’s easy to see why.

Because, to recap myself a bit, there are basically only three positions she could take. One, she could affirm that killing the newly-born children was wrong – and not just wrong, but first-degree-murder-conviction wrong – but that directly, intentionally killing them just a few seconds earlier, while they were still inside their mother’s wombs, would have been permissible – and not just permissible, but deserving of full legal protection. Not an easy position to make plausible.

Two, she could accept that severing the kids’ spines in the womb would also have been wrong – but then she would be accepting not only that her support for late-term abortion is wrong, but that it is support for the murder of children.

Three, she could say that cutting the child’s spine in the womb, and cutting it on the operating table a few seconds later, would both be morally OK. This too would open a can of worms for Sen. Davis. In the first place she would be affirming her support for the infanticide of already-delivered premature babies – for any reason, at the desire of the mother – at any stage of their prematurity. Secondly, she would also be supporting the infanticide of already-delivered babies at full term – surely several weeks or months into their full-term life, at least – unless she discovered another, about equally implausible, just-before-40-weeks’-development/just-after-40-weeks’-development bright line to replace the above-the-mother’s-vagina/below-the-mother’s-vagina bright line to determine when it is morally wrong to kill the unborn child. (Or should that be 38 weeks’ development, or 42? Oops…)

And it’s important to emphasise that these problems are not irrelevant gotcha questions for supporters of late-term abortion. First, even in this day and age I don’t believe it’s exactly unheard of for serious health or developmental issues with a baby to become evident only at birth, be it premature or full-term birth. Why can’t the parents be permitted to exercise their choice to have their baby ripped apart or stabbed in the heart with a syringe of poison at that point? In fact, come to think of it, early prematurity at the 25 or 26-week mark is itself a pretty reliable cause of significant developmental problems even in the babies who survive to nine months.

Of course the response will be that don’t be silly no-one is calling for that. Leaving aside the fact that some people are indeed calling for that, and many others are waiting quietly for the right moment culturally to start calling for it, the question is why? Why is there an urgent need to uphold the mother’s right not to be burdened with a developmentally-disabled baby when the baby is on one side of the magical vaginal threshold, but not when it is on the other a few seconds later?

But even that’s relatively hypothetical compared to the two very specific questions Wendy Davis needs to answer. The first is to do with her great love, the health of women. Everyone seems to agree (I am not a doctor) that late-term abortions are dangerous to mothers – they involve the doctor groping around with Mr. Rippy, Mr. Crushy and friends in a dark space he can’t see into (at least with the naked eye). The general opinion seems to be that in many or most cases it would actually be heck of a lot safer for the mother for the doctor to artificially induce an early live birth, by normal birth or C-section as appropriate, then stab the newly-delivered baby in the neck with a scissors. (Or sing him or her lullabies while quietly giving them a morphine overdose, or even – the very thought! – give them every assistance to survive as a premature baby then give them up for adoption if they make it.) In other words, the whole business of trying to whack the 24- or 26-week fetus inside the womb rather than just outside it is, in many cases at least, a grisly political farce, a fan-dance to work around a meaningless legal distinction – and one that regularly and predictably costs the lives and health of women. (Real, pregnant women, that is, not those rinky-dink fetus-women.) Oh Senator Davis, why do you endanger the lives and health of women in order to uphold the meaningless politicial fiction of the Magical Vaginal Singularity? It doesn’t even matter if there are other medical experts who will testify to the superior safety for the mother of late-term abortions over early-delivery-and-infanticide. That is a medical decision, and such decisions should be left to the best judgement of the mother’s doctor and the mother herself, not usurped by politicians. Right?

anonymous irishman on August 6, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Ann Coulter was right, and Davis admits it.

Abortion is a sacrament to the left.

They are sick babykillers. Nimrod would be proud.

fossten on August 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM

SEN. WENDY DAVIS: I don’t know what happened in the Gosnell case.

I don’t know. I don’t know. But that won’t stop a Democrat piece of garbage from trying to legislate, will it?

MNHawk on August 6, 2013 at 8:31 AM

anonymous irishman on August 6, 2013 at 1:00 AM

This was a very good read. Thank you.

cptacek on August 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM

I find it very hard to believe she will win Texas when her whole campaign will presumably be based on late term abortion rights. This is a losing issue especially in Texas.

Unfortunately it comes down to who the Republicans will put up.

jeffn21 on August 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Anonymous Irishman at 1:00am

Well said AI.

In time the Progressive Left and others will resurrect the social construct:
“Lebensunwertes Leben”: Life Unworthy of Life

The opportunity to do so will arise as Obamacare’s inevitable intense fiscal pressures upon Federal and State budgets build. Medical healthcare rationing will advance to ruthless denial of healthcare services to the disabled and to families caring for the disabled. Lebensunwertes Leben will be marketed as a practical and humane alternative …

Mike OMalley on August 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM