Watch the above video and you’ll see how former President Bill Clinton responds to a group of pro-life activists in the crowd. Dismissal. Sneering. And a clear evasion of the issues at stake.
Clinton argues that pro-lifers want to criminalize women and their doctors. Nothing could be further from the truth. The issue at stake is not who will we prosecute but who will the Law protect? Does the unborn child have a right to live? (Notice how Clinton turns away from the “Abortion Kills Children” sign.)
The abortion-rights arguments are beginning to lose their grip on the American public. Because of the progression of the pro-life cause, many politicians now speak of abortion as a “tragic choice” and clearly affirm the importance of reducing the number of abortions. (Hence Clinton’s contention that he did more to reduce abortion than the “hot air” of the pro-life movement.)
I encourage the Democrats who are pro-choice and find abortion “tragic” to back up their rhetoric with substantial legislation. 90% of women who see their unborn child on an ultrasound choose to keep the baby and refuse to go through with the abortion.
If Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (and even John McCain) are truly serious about reducing the “tragedy” of abortion, why don’t they propose legislation requiring a woman to have an ultrasound before an abortion? After all, a woman should be informed about any medical procedure, especially one that may have emotional repercussions. An argument against the ultrasound law is ultimately an argument against science, against better medical advice, against the idea that a woman should be able to make a well-informed choice.
Let’s redirect some of the money that goes to paying abortions into paying for ultrasounds. We could substantially reduce abortions in no time, and without touching Roe vs. Wade. Then, President Clinton can indeed boast about resolutions that are more than “hot air.”
Will this happen? Not a chance. Eloquent words about the abortion “tragedy” translate into empty commitments to “choice.” Backed by the powerful abortion lobby, the pro-choice politicians are not advocating a well-informed woman’s right to choose. They are for restrictionless abortion.
We will not see ultrasound legislation because for many politicians, losing the support of the abortion lobby is a greater tragedy than the loss of another generation through the slaughtering of the unborn.