March 20, 2019 - Wednesday
On Abortion, Beto Late than Never
If it's contrast Democrats are looking for, then congratulations. The 2020 field may be the most fanatical bunch ever assembled. How do you pick a frontrunner in a class of Green New Deal-open border-socialists? It's tough. So far, their best hope for avenging Hillary Clinton is a woman who thinks prostitution is the American Dream and a man who fanaticized about running over kids with his car. Apparently, the other 14 candidates don't need a car. They're quite content letting children die the old-fashioned way -- alone, on a hospital table.
Democrats don't like to talk about the 2016 election -- and apparently, they don't like to learn from it either. When the party decided to take abortion from "safe, legal, and rare" to "normal, common, and free," they lost. Now, instead of amending that stance, they're expanding it. In the face of almost unanimous polling, every Democratic hopeful in the U.S. Senate voted to treat innocent newborns like medical waste. That includes Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).
Beto O'Rourke may not be in that group, but he certainly sides with it. At a campaign event in Cleveland, someone asked him if he was in favor of third-trimester abortions. O'Rourke tried to rephrase the question, calling it a matter of "reproductive rights." (As NRO's Alexandria DeSanctis points out, "That's what they have to do to defend third-trimester abortion.") "My answer to you," he went on, "is that should be a decision the woman makes. I trust her." The next day, a reporter from the Washington Examiner managed to pin him down on the actual procedure. "I just want to make sure that I had clarity. Yesterday when you were asked about abortion, you said it's a woman's right to choose, correct? Does that include up into the third trimester?"
In typical liberal-speak, Beto repeated that "those decisions are best left to a woman and her doctor. I know better than to assume anything about a woman's decision, an incredibly difficult decision when it comes to her reproductive rights." Of course, this all provided an interesting backdrop for O'Rourke's other controversy -- some teenage writings where he gleefully wrote about wanting to drive over children and kill them. He says now that he's "mortified" and "incredibly embarrassed."
Of course, Beto is deeply sorry for wanting to kill children -- but not sorry for asking doctors to. The double standard is so mind-blowing that even Babylon Bee parodied it. "Beto: 'The decision to run someone over should be between a driver and his car." Maybe, like so many liberals, he dismisses late-term abortion as "just one percent." Do you know how much "one percent" of our national debt is? Two hundred twenty billion dollars. "One percent" of Americans also happens to pay 39 percent of the taxes in this country. Nine federal races and one governorship were decided by "one percent" in 2018. Still think it's an insignificant number?
The people who identify as transgender in this country are less than "one percent." And we're altering the entire landscape of women's sports, business, education, scholarships, bathrooms, privacy, and religious freedom to accommodate them. American culture has been turned upside down for ".6 percent" of the people. But a full percent of human beings isn't worth saving? That late-term abortion number represents 5,597 children a year. That's double the number of casualties on 9/11. Do you know how many kids we've lost to school shootings since Columbine? 240. And yet that seems to be more than enough victims to command everyone's attention.
We need to stop talking about these children as "percents" and start treating them like people. Even a single life can change the world. Look at Mother Teresa, Oskar Schindler, Martin Luther King, Jr. William Wilberforce, George Washington. These are just five men and women that history would have been rewritten without. We're talking about five thousand. Surely a party that can eat up hours of the legislative clock with a passionate plea for kittens can spare some sympathy for humans too.
Let Congress know how you feel! Send them a message with a newborn baby hat. To find out how, visit our End Birth Day Abortion site.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.