Sunday, February 01, 2009

Obama's Warm Blanket


The abortion cheerleaders like to say that no one is "pro-abortion" but sadly that is not the case. I have never been completely comfortable with abortion even in the early stages. When a debate came on TV about abortion I have always rooted for the pro-life speaker. When the issue of partial birth abortion came to light I promised myself if the Supreme Court did not uphold the federal ban on this procedure I would switch sides. While the court did rule it constitutional (which it certainly is) I ended up changing my mind anyway when I found out about abortion survivors. Babies separate and apart from the egg-mother were being left to die from neglect -- or worse.

What could be the excuse now for killing the baby now that the mother's body is not in the equation?

How can this happen in America? I am now a reformed pro-choicer and the two people I have to thank for that are President Obama and Gianna Jessen.

If Obama had his way Gianna would have been given a "warm blanket" and wheeled into some corner to die from neglect. Obama thinks people like her have less rights than stray dog.

Gianna ran commercials exposing Obama's record and he now says he is favor of taking care of babies "no matter how they came into this world" (and he always has). Of course that's a bold faced lie. Obama claims the Illinois legislation that gave aborted babies born alive full citizenship, where he voted "present" on passage, undermined Roe V. Wade.

True. But that would be the case no matter how the legislation was worded. By recognising that a baby can be taken from the mother and he or she is still alive proves that these are people. Its not a complex question. The compassion for these children undermines Roe V. Wade.

I am reminded of the Gary Larson Far Side cartoon where a scientists draws a cow on the blackboard with the words "cow" and the caption reads "Yes, I believe we have a question in the back".

Here are Gianna's story in her own words:

"My biological mother was seven-and-a-half months pregnant when she decided to abort me. I don't know why she made that decision. It was 1977. She and my biological father were 17 at the time and weren't married.

She went to a clinic in Los Angeles and had a saline abortion. A salt solution is injected into the mother's womb, which the baby gulps. The solution also burns the baby inside and out. The idea was that within 24 hours she would deliver a dead baby. But, by the grace of God, I survived.

The abortionist wasn't on duty when I came into the world. Had he been there, he would have ended my life with strangulation, suffocation or leaving me there to die, which was considered perfectly legal up until 5 August 2002 in the United States. Now, a child who has survived an abortion must receive proper medical care. The abortionist had to sign my birth certificate. He had to acknowledge a life that just hours before he was trying to end.

The only person even remotely concerned about my well-being was the nurse. She called an ambulance and had me transferred to a hospital. I was placed in an incubator weighing two pounds. They didn't expect me to live.

After several months they decided that I had a tremendous will to live. I was placed in the foster care system and at 17 months was diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to lack of oxygen while I was being burnt alive for 18 hours in my mother's womb. I was 32lbs, couldn't move and they said that I would just be a vegetable for the rest of my life.

My foster mother, Penny, decided that despite what the doctors were saying, she would work with me. She did my physical therapy three times a day and I began to hold up my head, sit up and crawl. Eventually, at the age of three-and-a-half, I was able to walk with a walker and leg braces. That was the age at which Penny's daughter, Diana, who was then in her thirties, adopted me.

I'm 28 now and work as a musician in Nashville, Tennessee. I still walk with a limp and fall occasionally. But I've just completed my first marathon and will be running the London Marathon next April to raise funds for children with cerebral palsy. I'll be running on behalf of Stars Organization Supporting Cerebral Palsy.

Diana told me about my past. I had always had this sense that there was more to my life story. I was always asking her why I had cerebral palsy. You would have thought that I would be fine with her answers because I was a premature baby or that I had experienced a traumatic birth.

But when I asked her again when I was 12 she asked me whether I really wanted to know and I said yes. When she explained it to me, my reply was typical of a 12-year-old. I just said, at least I have cerebral palsy for an interesting reason. My mother said a good thing: that instead of focusing on the fact that you almost died, rejoice in the fact that you are alive. And I do.

When I was 17, Diana met my biological mother and communicated very clearly to her my forgiveness. I'm a Christian. I believe that bitterness eats up your life. I want to be the opposite of bitter. I never wanted to meet her. Penny has loved me so well I don't feel the need. I don't know much about the meeting, only that she didn't ask for forgiveness from me and that she had another abortion later.

I started speaking out about abortion when I was 14, and on Tuesday I will be speaking to a parliamentary meeting at the House of Commons about it. I believe that it's important when something like this has happened to you to present the truth about not just abortion, but also about what a tremendous life you can possess through overcoming weakness.

I don't believe that killing is a right. I am completely against abortion in any circumstance, including rape.

Even though rape is a horrific crime I do not believe that a child should have to pay for the crime. I don't believe that abortion in that case will solve a problem. In fact I have met people who are the product of rape and they say they are very glad to be alive. If abortion is merely about women's rights then what were mine? There wasn't a radical feminist yelling about how my rights were being violated on that day.

Every day I thank God for life. I do not consider myself a by-product of conception, a clump of tissue, or any other of the titles given to a child in the womb. I do not consider any person conceived to be any of those things. I have met other survivors of abortion. They are all thankful for life.

Today, a baby is a baby when convenient. It is tissue or otherwise when the time is not right. A baby is a baby when miscarriage takes place at two, three, four months. A baby is called a tissue or clumps of cells when an abortion takes place at two, three, four months. Why is that? I see no difference.
I believe that I am living proof that abortion is the killing of a human being. My biological mother felt that she was entitled to a choice 28 years ago that she thought would only affect her. And yet I bear the mark of her choice every day of my life with my cerebral palsy. Although I don't hold it against her, I think it's important for people to think about that before they make their decision".

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Blogger Seane-Anna said...

Wow! What a powerful testimony from Giana! I'm so glad you posted this, Mac. I may put it on my blog, too. Where did you find it? And did you see that I'm now a follower of yours?

February 02, 2009 6:24 PM  
Blogger mccommas said...

I did. You are to kind.

February 06, 2009 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Coraline said...

Your take on the debate is skewed.

If you are pro-life, then why not make it easier for people to support a baby once they have it. Most pro-lifers love to force a woman to bear child, then don't give a damn afterwards. I have no doubt you are opposed to universal health care and day care support--which costs more than a mortgage in most places.

Instead of bashing these women, why don't you offer to help, or offer to adopt? If not, you should really shut up.

February 07, 2009 8:04 AM  
Anonymous morthgar said...

Good luck Coraline. By making it easier (and cheaper) to adopt, by making day-care more affordable, and by making it easier for those who need help to get the help they need to support their baby—abortion rates would drop dramatically. But that is not what these zealots care about.

I can PROMISE you that your way would curb a lot more abortions than making it illegal ever could. Abortions won’t stop if made illegal—the rich will fly to wherever they are legal, and the poor will return to the back-alley procedures.

In the very near future, drugs will make most clinical procedures moot anyway.

Besides, if abortion is made illegal, there is also the issue of who exactly could be charged, and with what, if a woman has an abortion. I get different answers from different people. (Try it yourself!) Suppose she drives to Canada or some state abortion is legal: Who could be charged? The doctor? (No or maybe) The driver/parents? (Depends) The boyfriend? (Depends) The woman? (almost always—that is usually the constant).

These zealots don't think these things through.

February 07, 2009 8:16 AM  
Blogger mccommas said...

Coraline

"Bashing" would better describe what your *doctors* do to these babies. Cattle and chickens destined for dinner plates are treated more humanly than these children in these late abortions.

It scares me what would have happened to Gianna had the abortionist been there. Thank God that nurse called the ambulance. I thought it was especially satisfying that the heartless abortionist was forced to sign Miss Jessen’s birth certificate.

Here we have a baby outside the womb so there is no longer any issue to do with the mother and you people still want to kill her? You people are the monsters.

I have heard your argument before. It is not very convincing, not very honest and frankly you dodge the central issue. When a liberal won’t debate the central issue it is because know they have already lost and want to change the subject.

What you are saying is that there must be government freebies to bribe the parents into taking responsibility for their offspring so they don’t kill them? Is that it in a nutshell?

Not only that but you say we must have universal health care. Anything else to add to the list? How about a free house too and diaper service?

The central issue to abortion, particularly these cruel late abortions, is do these babies have souls.

I take it you think they don't. Or if you think they do have souls, these are disposable people. I keep wondering what you feminists might say if Gianna Jessen got in your face and demanded to know if you thought she had a soul.

These little babies should have some rights. They are not to be disposed of like an overgrown fingernail. I don’t think abortion in the early stages will ever be outlawed. Where the debate is now is on late second and third trimester abortions.

I have switched sides because your side, the pro-abortion side, won’t moderate your views. If we can’t have moderation, than I want a ban. That is the lesser of two evils.

Grow a heart Coraline. You were once that little too you know.

February 07, 2009 12:49 PM  
Blogger mccommas said...

morthgar

So I am the zealot?

You say we need abortions because rich people will be able to afford them and poor women will not? It is a matter of economic equity?

That might be an argument (not very good one) for the early stages of pregnancy but that’s not the issue here.

You people are the zealots. You will not moderate your position on abortion.

You want abortion on demand anywhere along the pregnancy. Right up to the 9th month!

You defend the practice (although you are too cowardly to do so directly) of letting survivors of abortion to die from neglect.

You want babies murdered even though they are completely outside the egg-mother. I can’t fathom any rationale you abortion cheerleaders could possibly come up with for NOT --NOT -- performing emergency care for the baby at that point.

Answer me directly. What should be done with abortion survivors like this lady? Is there anything wrong with finishing the job they started? How should they be killed? --From neglect or should they just inject more saline into their brains?

When does a baby start the rights of an American Citizen?

Yeah sure man. I’m the zealot. I am not the one with blood on my hands. --At least not anymore.

I have switched sides from pro-choice to pro-life only after realizing that your side will never moderate your views.

It isn't a choice. Its a baby.

February 07, 2009 1:10 PM  
Blogger Seane-Anna said...

You might add, little brother, that while some pro-lifers don't support adoption enough, adoption is possible ONLY if the biological parents give up their parental rights or have them taken away. You can't just go out and grab a kid off the street and say, "I adopt you", just because you're pro-life.

Our liberal society has removed the stigma from both illegitimacy AND abortion. Consequently, most unwed mothers--who used to be the primary source of adoptable infants--now keep their babies, or abort them.

And children who are taken from their parents by the state aren't instantly available for adoption. The majority of children in foster care are NOT up for adoption, for varying reasons. So the ability to adopt can outstrip the desire to adopt, at least in a lot of instances. Pro-lifers, then, aren't being the hypocrites that Coraline and Morthgar imply.

And you're right, Mac, liberals do change the subject when they're losing the argument. This socialism-will-reduce-abortion notion, which is what Coraline and Morthgar are really saying, is an attempt to sell people on socialism and has nothing to do with a real concern for reducing abortions. The tiny survivors of abortion can die by the thousands so long as universal health care and other planks in the socialist platform are implemented. That's what liberals REALLY care about.

February 07, 2009 9:15 PM  
Blogger mccommas said...

Yes, isn't it tragic that while there is no stigma with illegitimacy and abortion there is one for those courageous men and women who that put their unplanned babies up for adoption.

We are on the wrong side of the looking glass.

Oh and btw, I think “Coraline” and “morthgar” are one in the same. Note that a mere 12 minutes elapsed after Coraline posted that morthgar responded with complete agreement.

Pretty sneaky huh? I suspect yesterday such was the case and today I found the strong circumstantial evidence.

February 08, 2009 5:41 AM  
OpenID wiseconservatism.com said...

Great Post. That was a very powerful and moving testimony to the wrongness of abortion. But it is also something that most politicians in Washington are not wanting to hear, though they must. Obama is a liar, and always has been ..... and I have no respect for him as our president.

-Robert-

February 10, 2009 6:32 PM  
Blogger Seane-Anna said...

Coraline and Morthgar the same person? Hadn't thought of that but I suspect you're right, bro.

February 10, 2009 6:45 PM  

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