Abortion's Dred Scott moment

Last month New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act—grisly legislation that permits abortion in many cases up to the moment of birth. It eliminates legal penalties on abortionists who allow an aborted baby, who somehow survives the scalpel, vacuum and dismemberment, to die. It also permits these perilous procedures to take place without a physician present. This was perhaps expected in a state completely dominated by a party that has become increasingly intolerant of pro-life Americans.

Yet a similar bill was introduced in purple Virginia and gruesomely defended by the ostensibly moderate Gov. Ralph Northam. This bill was killed in committee, suggesting many Americans are nauseated by abortion-on-demand. Indeed, a Marist College survey last month showed that 75% of Americans—and 61% of those identified as “pro-choice”—want some form of restrictions on abortion. Is the U.S. having a Dred Scott moment on abortion?

Even some defenders of abortion acknowledge they may have gone too far. See the repugnance expressed at New York’s governor celebrating the morbid bill with a party. He also ordered the Freedom Tower to be illuminated in pink—shining on the names of 11 pregnant women who perished with their preborn babies on 9/11. A former Virginia governor and a sitting U.S. senator from the Old Dominion, both staunch abortion supporters, disavowed the radical bill in their state. It seems that some abortion supporters no longer hope it is safe, legal and rare. Rather, it’s celebrated, unregulated and frequent.