This morning I wanted to write about President Obama's speech in Cairo, Egypt. I thought it was a very good speech, once you get past our President's troubling penchant to go overseas and heap blame on America again and again. That drives me nuts. Somebody should tell Obama that it is a real bad idea to condemn the Iraq War when OUR SOLDIERS ARE STILL IN IRAQ FIGHTING IT. Has any other U.S. President ever done such a thing ? I can't think of one.
But I'm not going to write about that, because I can't stop thinking about the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the late term abortionist. Not surprisingly, the family of the alleged assassin, Scott Roeder, says that Roeder is mentally ill. The Wichita District Attorney handling the case said Tiller's murder was the act of a lone gunman. No doubt, the lone gunman theory is a disappointment to certain liberal groups who want the culprit to be - the entire pro-life and conservative movements. Maybe someone should evaluate the mental fitness of those liberal groups.
Since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, we have aborted 49 million babies here in the land of the free. Anti-abortion extremist nuts like Scott Roeder have killed 5 doctors. As much as I condemn the killings of those 5 doctors, maybe we should try to do something about that 49 million number too. I'm just saying. 49 million seems like a much bigger problem than 5. Let's start by getting rid of late term abortions (third trimester).
In the aforementioned Roe v. Wade decision, the court ruled that a mother may abort her pregnancy for any reason, up until the "point at which the fetus becomes viable.’" The Court defined "viable" as follows:
"[The fetus is] potentially able to live outside the mother's womb, albeit with artificial aid. Viability is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks) but may occur earlier, even at 24 weeks."
Here in the year 2009, with current medical technology, fetuses are viable at 24 weeks, and even earlier. Roe v. Wade also ruled that abortion after viability was allowed in order to protect a woman's health. A woman's "health" was defined in the lesser known Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court case, also from 1973. Here's the relevant definition of "health" from that case:
“Whether, in the words of the Georgia statute, "an abortion is necessary" is a professional judgment that the Georgia physician will be called upon to make routinely. We agree with the District Court, 319 F. Supp., at 1058, that the medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors - physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age - relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health."
In other words, a woman's "health" can mean almost anything. If a woman is merely upset that she is pregnant, a doctor like George Tiller can say the woman's emotional or psychological "health" is at risk, and provide a late term abortion five minutes prior to the baby's birth, according to the Doe v. Bolton ruling. Oddly enough, the anonymous "Mary Doe," who was the plaintiff in Doe v. Bolton, is in real life Sandra Cano. Cano describes herself as pro-life, and tried to get Doe v. Bolton overturned. Cano said her attorney lied to her in order to get a plaintiff to bring the case. Cano said she was not aware she was even the plaintiff in the case, and if she had been aware of it, she wouldn't have supported the litigiation. In 2003, Cano filed a motion to get the case reopened. The District and Appellate courts denied her motion, and the Supreme Court declined to hear her case.
I would not want to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. I'm grudgingly pro-choice (for this week, at least). I don't want to return to the days of back-alley abortions, but I most definitely think the Doe v. Bolton case is a travesty. It makes the abortion right virtually unlimited, and allows for viable fetuses (commonly known as "babies"), to be killed. When a baby is killed, there is no word for that other than murder, whether it's legal or not. It's morally wrong, without doubt. It was also legal in this country at one time to hold slaves and deny women the right to vote. Those things were morally wrong as well, and they were corrected. This should be corrected too. The only time a late term abortion should be allowed is if the mother's life is at significant risk. We love to talk about human rights in this country, and then we withdraw ALL human rights for the most innocent and fragile humans among us. That is a stain on our national soul, and it occasionally gives rise to acts of extremism like that of Scott Roeder, who decided that if a person can be aborted in the third trimester, why not abort one in the 270th trimester (which is about where Dr. Tiller was at age 67). I'm certain that Scott Roeder thought he was murdering a murderer. While I don't approve of his actions in any way, I find it difficult to disagree with him on that point.
But don't hold your breath expecting sanity on the abortion issue to come from our current President. Obama even voted against the Born Alive Protection Act when he was an Illinois legislator. That act only required that babies surviving abortion not be thrown in the trash can and left to die. Obama voted AGAINST that. He's every bit as mentally ill as Scott Roeder when it comes to the issue of abortion.
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