Why all the fuss over N.Y. abortion law?

By Jane Chastain

When I arrived at church for a mid-week Bible study, the place was abuzz with the news that New York had just passed a horrendous abortion law that would allow the practice up to the actual moment of birth.

My heart sank. Not because of this new law, but because that has, in effect, been the law of the land since 1973 when the Supreme Court handed down Roe v Wade and its companion case, Doe v Bolton. Could it be that the majority of the people in my church and other churches are ignorant of this terrible stain on our nation?

This law in New York broke no new ground in terms of when a fully formed, viable pre-born baby can be legally killed. Nothing has changed. Let’s be clear: The United States has one of the most permissive and barbaric abortion laws of any country in the world.

The only reason this horrendous law still stands is not because of the few atheists among us. It’s because those of us who called ourselves Christians have permitted it. Yes, Christianity is still the dominate religion in this country, and we Christians, for the most part, have sat on our hands and/or voted for lawmakers who pledge allegiance to this barbaric practice and will only vote for justices to the Supreme Court who will do the same.

Never mind the Constitution. These liberal lawmakers see it as Silly Putty that can and should be twisted to fit the whims of the moment.

In Roe, the court ruled abortions legal for any reason up to the third trimester of a pregnancy. A subsequent case changed that to simple “viability.” After viability, abortions are permitted in New York, and everywhere in this country, only if the life or health of the mother is in danger.

Here’s the rub: Doe, the companion case, further defined health of the mother to include the terms such as “emotion, psychological” and “familial.” Trying to determine someone’s emotional or psychological health is a bit like trying to nail jello to a tree. However, the term “familial” is anything to do with the family, such as “I don’t have a spare bedroom,” etc. Therefore, Doe makes any effort to protect a viable child, up to the actual moment of birth, useless.

This is not to say the new New York law isn’t chilling. It removes abortion from the state’s penal code and defines a “person” as “a human being who has been born and is alive.” That means if someone batters a pregnant woman, causing a spontaneous abortion, and her child dies but the woman survives, the perpetrator cannot be tried for murder. Ludicrous!

It makes you wonder what other classes of human beings are in danger of being denied “personhood” in the state of New York.

Far from protecting the health of women seeking abortions, the law does just the opposite. It allows any “qualified, licensed healthcare practitioner” to perform abortions. It no longer has to be a doctor. Furthermore, instead of requiring that these health providers abide by certain medical standards, all that is required is that they operate “in good faith.” This removes reasonable protections for the woman. Also, a baby who survives an abortion no longer has a right to any care.

Nevertheless, the sudden outrage that a fully developed, full-term baby in the womb can be murdered minutes before birth is long overdue.

Most gynecologist and obstetricians admit there is absolutely no excuse for these horrific late-term abortions. Many, but not all, are for genetic reasons. However, if the goal is a perfect child, screening for genetic defects takes place well before viability. If for some reason that screening did not take place, there are adoption agencies that specialize in placing children with special needs.

While abortions, unfortunately, are commonplace, by comparison late-term abortions are rare. In New York, where about a third of all pregnancies end in abortion, in 2016, 2.3 percent of reported abortions were post-20 weeks. That may not sound like a lot, but that means that 1,890 little lives were taken in this brutal manner in this state alone.

Let’s be clear. The passage of the latest abortion law in New York was a dangerous, shameless political stunt by politicians who couldn’t care less about protecting women’s heath.

The governor of Virginia is among those advocating for post-birth abortions (infanticide).

However, the biggest tragedy of all is that so many who call themselves Christians either turn a blind eye to the murder of the most innocent among us or are completely ignorant of this practice.

Heaven help us!

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