The dismissal of the value of preborn life is a recent shift in vocabulary for the Left.
In the 2012 vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, Biden acknowledged his belief that preborn life has value. As a Roman Catholic, Biden said, “With regard to abortion, I accept my church’s position on abortion as a what we call ‘de fide’ doctrine. Life begins at conception, that’s the church’s judgement. I accept it my personal life, but I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians.”
This kind of language, where one personally believes that preborn life has value yet is still pro-choice, has all but disappeared among Leftists.
LeRoy Carhart, an infamous abortionist who specializes in late-term abortion recently had a birthday party where he received gifts celebrating his work. One of the gifts Carhart seems to have received was a plaque making fun of his life-long career of killing babies. The plaque read, “Even on my worst days, I’m killing it.”
It’s ironic Carhart spent his birthday touting his work preventing thousands of babies from ever having a birthday.
Carhart knows that his work involves killing babies, and he is perfectly fine acknowledging it.
In August of this year, he appeared in an interview with BBC admitting that he kills babies. Asked if there was a point in the pregnancy when the baby was too developed where he wouldn’t want to perform an abortion, Carhart wouldn’t say. He then said, “To the fetus it makes no difference whether it’s born or not born. The baby has no input in this as far as I’m concerned.”
The BBC journalist then pressed him on his use of the word “baby.” The journalist asked, “It’s interesting that you use the word ‘baby’ because a lot of abortionists won’t use that, they’ll use the word fetus because they don’t want to acknowledge that there’s a life.” Carhart responded, “I use it. I think that it is a baby and I use it with the patients.”
“And you don’t have a problem with killing a baby?” the journalist inquired. Carhart replied, “Absolutely not. I have no problem if it’s in the mother’s uterus.”
According to Live Action, Carhart, “gives parents the options of viewing or holding the baby after the abortion. Photographs can be taken, footprints stamped, and a little box of keepsakes given to the parents to take home.”
Carhart has also been involved in several lawsuits defending the legality of his practice of partial-birth abortion. In the 2000 case, Stenberg v. Carhart, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Nebraska law that prohibited partial-birth abortion. Carhart was the one bringing the suit.
Seven years later, under the Bush Administration, the Supreme Court reversed course and upheld a federal, nationwide ban on partial-birth abortion in the case Gonzales v. Carhart, in which Carhart was also the plaintiff. This reversal was due in large part to the two newly installed Supreme Court Justices, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.
Another revealing event took place this past week. A state lawmaker in Pennsylvania disregarded the pain many women face after having a miscarriage. State Rep. Wendy Ullman (D) was debating a bill which would give mothers the option to cremate or bury their preborn child after the loss of a pregnancy.
Rep. Ullman stated, “I think we all understand the concept of the loss of a fetus but we’re also talking about a woman who comes into a facility and is having cramps and, not to be concrete, an early miscarriage is just some mess on a napkin.”
According to CBN News, the Pennsylvania Family Institute released a statement condemning the remarks.
“A miscarriage, no matter how early, does not result in a ‘mess on a napkin,’ but the loss of a child. The remains of human beings should be treated better than medical waste,” Tom Shaheen, vice president for policy at the Institute said.
The shift in language coming from the Left on whether they will pretend they value preborn life or not has been stark. Many are now open and honest that they don’t, such as Carhart and Rep. Ullman.
Now that Leftists are clear that they don’t value preborn life, with the next presidential election just 364 days away Americans will soon get the chance to vote for candidates that align with values. Thankfully, the majority of Americans recognize the intrinsic, infinite value of preborn babies.
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