California’s Democrat-controlled state Assembly passed a controversial resolution urging Americans to “celebrate” abortion and the Roe vs. Wade decision.
The measure passed Thursday 49-25 on the 31st anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling, which has resulted in an estimated 43 million abortions.
It was supported by every Democratic member on the Assembly floor and two Republicans, Lynn Daucher of Brea and Keith Richman of Granada Hills.
The resolution calls on Congress and President Bush to “uphold the intent and substance the 1973 United States Supreme Court decision” and urges Americans to “participate in the national celebration, ‘The March for Women’s Lives,’ on April 25.”
The vote occurred the same day pro-life citizens marched outside the state capitol in Sacramento, calling for parental consent for abortion laws and an end to taxpayer-funded abortions.
About one-third of California’s estimated 300,000 abortions each year are funded with tax dollars.
“We were all in the womb once,” said Randy Thomasson, executive director of Campaign for California Families, a non-profit family issues group. “With our hearts beating, our fingers grasping, and our brains working, each one of us enjoyed nine months of pre-born living in a special compartment that God designed to protect and nurture us. It’s shocking that, despite science and technology proving these are babies, little human beings in the womb, California’s Democrat legislators are celebrating the horrible procedure of abortion that destroys the most basic of rights – the sacred right to life.”
CCF contends the abortion resolution, AJR 57, made several claims with no medical basis.
This included the claim “Roe vs. Wade has reduced significantly the mortality rate for women terminating their pregnancies” and it “continues to protect the health and freedom of women.”
CCF argues advances in antibiotics and overall medical standards, not the Supreme Court decision, are responsible for reducing the mortality rate for any type of surgery over the last several decades.
The group distributed to lawmakers the research of Dr. Francis Beckwith, a professor at Trinity International University in Santa Ana, Calif., and the author of “Politically Correct Death: Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights.”
Beckwith wrote: “According to the U.S. Bureau of Vital Statistics, there were a mere 39 women who died from illegal abortions in 1972, the year before Roe vs. Wade. Dr. Andre Hellegers, the late Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University Hospital, pointed out that there has been a steady decrease of abortion-related deaths since 1942. That year there were 1,231 deaths. Due to improved medical care and the use of penicillin, this number fell to 133 by 1968. The year before the first state-legalized abortion, 1966, there were about 120 abortion-related deaths.”
Seven Republicans spoke against the resolution during debate.
In his floor speech, Jay La Suer, R-La Mesa, said, “We talk about the right of choice. But that child has no choice – has zero choice. We talk about celebration. I don’t think we need to celebrate the deaths of 43 million people, albeit shall we say the murder of 43 million people.”
“Picture in your mind what that child looks like when it’s aborted, and the pain that it goes through – and they do feel pain – and ask yourself if you have the guts to go through that pain yourself,” La Suer asked. “I’m pretty happy that my mother didn’t believe in abortion. Those of you that want to celebrate this wouldn’t even be able to celebrate it if your mothers believed in it – because you might not even be here. I have two lovely daughters, I have three little grand-boys. I’ll celebrate them, but I won’t celebrate the murder of 43 million people.”
Dennis Mountjoy, R-Arcadia, said, “It’s a shame that we’re celebrating Roe versus Wade. We ought to be in memoriam. Since 1973, 43 million unborn Americans have been aborted in this county. We recognize the Armenian genocide where 1.5 million Armenians were murdered. We recognize the Holocaust where somewhere around 6 million innocent Jews were murdered. We ought to be here to recognize that 43 million innocent Americans – whose only crime was that of being conceived – have been murdered. Are we that calloused that we don’t care what’s going on here? Forty-three million. That is an absolute genocide, and we ought not be celebrating it. We ought to be crying tears for the unborn Americans.”
During his floor speech, Tim Leslie, R-Sacramento, read the names of more than 20 women who died from legal abortions.
“In the budget battles, when I was over in the Senate, I offered an amendment that said the government would only pay for one abortion a year, no more,” he said. “And of course the Democrats killed that. So then I changed it to say the government would only pay for two abortions in a year for an individual. And the Democrats killed that. Then I offered the amendment that the government would pay for only three abortions in a year for an individual. The Democrats killed that. Pretty amazing.”
Ray Haynes, R-Temecula, urged the Legislature to have hearings on the subject of women who die from abortions.
“Perhaps there are things we could do to make sure that didn’t happen,” he said. “In my district, Sharon Hamplin did die because the doctor perforated her uterus; and then sent her home without sending her to a hospital. Killed her. While she was riding home, she died from bleeding. Sent her home!