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Friday
Jun282013

U.S. Government images put Wendy Davis late term abortion promotion in context

Image: National Institutes of Health, U.S. GovernmentThis is a photo of a baby at 16 weeks—four weeks earlier than the age Democrats in Texas consider acceptable for late term abortion.

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, Democrat from Ft. Worth, rallied pro-abortion forces to filibuster a state bill prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks. The bill also called for safety standards, possibly a consequence of horrors revealed in the Kermit Gosnell scandal.

Gosnell was an abortionist serving largely low-income women. Their health was put at risk by his lack of standards and clinic protocol. Gosnell was found guilty of murdering three infants born alive after abortions. He favored snipping the necks of infants born alive during the procedure.

Gosnell’s jury also found him guilty of manslaughter after he overdosed a patient who died.

Many people believe there is a valid debate for abortion at early stages if the life of the mother is threatened, and at different stages if incest or rape has occurred and the woman could not terminate the child early. Mental health is also a criterion people may find acceptable.

Late term abortions, however, are a different matter. While Davis prides herself on pumping women’s rights, what she and her fellows overlook are the rights of the unborn child who, between weeks 19-21, can hear, move more and has a well-formed face (National Institutes of Health). By week 22, the fetal heartbeat is detectable.

Some have claimed abortion clinics cannot afford to meet standards the Texas Legislature wants to set. That is a questionable claim. Abortion is more profitable than delivering a child as Gosnell would likely confirm. (Filed by Kay B. Day/June 28, 2013)

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