By Tom Quiner
The little fellow to the left (let’s call him Mikey) could feel pain at 20 weeks from the instant of his conception.
I’d like to pose a question: is it humane to abort Mikey at 20 weeks? Iowa State Senator Mike Gronstal says it is:
“I also know that second trimester abortions are almost always a decision by a woman that desperately wants to be pregnant but something has gone tragically wrong with her pregnancy….”
The Alan Guttmacher Institute, a semi autonomous branch of Planned Parenthood, said he’s wrong. Here are the various reasons women give for aborting their babies in the 2nd trimester:
71%–Women did not realize she was pregnant
48%–Difficulty making arrangements for the abortion
33%–Afraid to tell parents or partner
24%–Needed time to make the decision
8%–Hoped their relationship would change.
In other words, the notion that women abort their babies in the second trimester because the fetus is flawed is incorrect, according to the abortion experts. So is the notion that the woman’s health depends on it.
These abortions take place out of convenience to the mother, not in the name of humanity, as Senator Gronstal suggests. And this assumes that killing a flawed human being is ever humane.
The essence of humanity is kindness and benevolence.
Modern science now knows that the baby in the womb feels pain as early as twenty weeks. What can be more lacking in kindness and benevolence than intentionally hurting and killing a living being for the convenience of another?
Senator Gronstal and Iowa Democrats wouldn’t even allow a vote on legislation last year that would end abortions for persons like Mikey who can feel pain beginning at 20 weeks. How do Iowa Democrats defend such a seemingly inhumane position? They don’t consider him to be a person, and thus he is unworthy of Constitutional protection. I guess he’s sort of a non-person person.
We know that Mikey is one-of-a-kind. At conception, he received a unique genetic code unlike any other person in history. All of his hopes, dreams, and potential are alive in this little “non person person” at his conception.
Harry Blackmun, who wrote the majority decision in Roe v Wade in 1973, said:
“If the suggestion of personhood [of the unborn] is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth Amendment].”
This idea of personhood, this idea that the fetus is imbued with the essence of humanity, is dawning on a growing majority of Americans as science now lets us look directly into the womb.
At 20 weeks, we can see the baby’s head.
We can see its little fingers and toes.
We hear its heartbeat.
We know it feels pain.
I pose a question to Senator Gronstal and his party: Roman Catholics tend to vote for your party. How can you look us in the eyes and tell us an important piece of legislation that will prevent Iowa from becoming the late-term abortion capital of the Midwest isn’t even worthy of a vote?
Give Mikey and his brothers and sisters another chance this year.
In the name of humanity, start protecting the little guy.