For those who are unaware, an abortion bill was pending before the Virginia legislature. The bill would have made legal abortion as broad as possible. When the sponsor of the bill was asked if the bill would allow an abortion where it’s obvious a woman is about to give birth even when “she has physical signs that she is about to give birth” and “she’s dilating” the legislator responded “my bill would allow that, yes.” Another supporter of the bill, Virginia Governor Northam, himself a pediatric surgeon, when discussing what would happen if a baby were born alive during an abortion procedure stated: “The infant would be delivered; the infant would be kept comfortable; the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desire, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
Fortunately, in Virginia the bill did not pass, but another abortion measure became state law in New York. New York is already a center for abortions. Approximately one out of every three pregnancies in the state ends in an abortion. (On a side note, there are numerous couples who wish to adopt babies. I shudder for our country that we would kill our babies rather than allow them to have a happy life with couples who wish to adopt.) The new law removes previous laws which were seen as limiting abortion. One part of the law removes protections for an infant born alive during an abortion. Previously state law required abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy to be performed in a hospital and after 20 weeks a physician had to be present to provide medical care for an infant born alive during the abortion procedure. Those provisions are now removed from NY law. Previously, a child born live during an abortion immediately enjoyed the protection of NY laws. Now the law is silent.
After this horrendous law passed, the gallery and many of the state legislators stood and applauded. When Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law, he had some public buildings lit in pink to celebrate his signature. What a horrendous act of disrespecting the right to life of human beings. Applauding, not only taking the life in the womb but, as abortion supporters now advocate, allowing a baby to die once born. This is a callous disrespect for human life. Whether a person is allowed to live now depends upon whether they are wanted. This is not only a dangerous principle for a human society, and it also undermines the most basic principle of civilized society: that the weak must be protected.
Gone are the days when abortion supporters spoke of wanting abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare.” Now it is clear that abortion supporters want it anywhere, at any time, for any reason. Abortion supporters are clear in what they want and similar efforts are underway in other states. These events have had another effect. No longer may public officials use the fig leaf of the statement: “I am personally against abortion but…” that has been stripped away. The intent of these new laws is too evident, the pro-abortion forces wish to go far beyond what is required by Roe V. Wade
When I consider this new law of New York, I feel powerless and not sure what immediate concrete action, other than prayer, can be taken by pro-life people. I am confident that I share the concerns of many reading this article.
We cannot, however, focus on the darkness. We must be the light. It is for us by word and action to build a better society, a society that truly supports mothers, fathers, children and families, to build a society that does not look upon people as a “something” but a “someone.” It is for us to stand up against these attacks upon the dignity of human life. If we do not respect all human life, we will end up not respecting any human life. I tremble for our nation. God does not sleep. Not only are lives being lost, souls are being lost. We are losing the truth of what it means to be human.