I rarely read LIFENEWS, the on-line “newspaper” of the Right To Life movement, or at least the main one. But I was recently trolling around the internet the other night when I came across this site and an article caught my eye. The headline read: “House Panel OKs Bill to Stop Unlimited Abortions in Nation’s Capital” and the first sentence informed us that this bill would stop the “policy of unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason in the nation’s capital.”
In the past, I’ve talked about how advocates on both sides of the abortion issue get so locked into their positions that they dare not consider that their opponents might have a point and they certainly do not question the stuff that comes down from their oh-so-sacred national organizations. So, if Planned Parenthood announced tomorrow that they’ve learned that President Obama will soon convert to the pro-life position, their followers would take the announcement as gospel and start sending money to “help us convince the President is on the wrong track.”
So, this little nugget from LIFENEWS got my attention pretty quickly.
As my readers know, I’ve worked with abortion clinics for the last 20 years. As such, I got to know just about every clinic, every owner and every doctor. One thing that I paid particular attention to was how far a doctor would go in terms of weeks when terminating a pregnancy. That was important information because I would constantly get calls from women looking for an abortion and the first thing you needed to know was how many weeks pregnant they were because, if their pregnancy was rather advanced, the number of doctors who performed later abortions were few and far between. So, I basically knew how far each clinic went.
So, when I read that there was a “policy of unlimited abortions” in the District of Columbia, I was caught short. Unlimited? As in, they perform abortions in our capital up to the point of birth? Now, if there were clinics in D.C. that performed abortions up to the moment of birth, I would just say it. Everyone knows I am unapologetic about what the clinics do and how far they go. So, I gotta tell you that LIFENEWS and their advocates on Capitol Hill are full of it.
Years ago, there was a doctor who did third trimester abortions in D.C., but he has since cut back dramatically and is only offering the abortion pill. Then, there is Doctor Lee Carhart, who recently relocated to Maryland where he is legally permitted to perform third trimester abortions. Then, outside of the D.C. area, there’s a doc in Florida who performs third trimester abortions, Doctor Warren Hern in Colorado, a doctor in California then I understand there are two who do later abortions in New Mexico. Meanwhile, I called the clinics in D.C. and found one that went to 22 weeks.
But, who cares about the facts? Political advocates have to make their points regularly to keep the troops stirred up and, yes, to raise money. And the troops will follow, like lemmings to the sea.
- Mississippi to become only state without abortion clinic? (foxnews.com)
- LifeNews Pro-Life News Report 7/18/12 (deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com)
- Obama defends abortion record to critic (wnd.com)
- LifeNews Pro-Life News Report 7/19/12 (deaconforlife.blogspot.com)
- LifeNews Pro-Life News Report 5/17/12 (deaconforlife.blogspot.com)
- Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic fights new law in court (news.yahoo.com)
- Mississippi clinic can continue performing abortions, judge rules (news.blogs.cnn.com)
- The war on abortion rights (sacbee.com)