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Abortion – the debate that shouldn’t be

Abortion is the debate that should not be, because a sound society does not tolerate it. America needs a new religious awakening

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This week the Supreme Court shifts its opinion-issuance days one day back, by reason of the latest new federal holiday. So tomorrow the country will have its next chance to wait for a fruit to drop from the tree. The Greek arch-sinner Tantalus has nothing on this country regarding a possible decision on abortion. In anticipation, advocates of abortion have made ever more graceless public displays and now threaten public violence. But even without such threats, we see a debate that should not be. A sound society does not tolerate the destruction of its children before they are born. That the United States has tolerated it for forty-nine years, shows that America desperately needs another Great Awakening.

Current state of the abortion debate

To call the abortion controversy a “debate” is to be generous. Debaters do not dress up in bloodstained outfits and parade in a residential neighborhood holding up baby dolls by their hands, as if to suggest they regard babies with disgust. As about a dozen demonstrators did over the weekend in Falls Church, Virginia, where Justice Amy Coney Barrett lives.

This video has this caption:

Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights – Live: Children’s Baby doll Procession heading to Amy Coney Barrett’s house, bringing alive the reality of forcing women to give birth against their will.

That same group, or more likely another related group, paraded in front of the Supreme Court. Or rather, they came as close as they could, given the new perimeter fence around the Courthouse.

This group got one thing wrong – perhaps. They mentioned, only to dismiss as irrelevant, “safe haven” laws that let a woman leave a newborn in an emergency room, no questions asked. But they attributed the original mention to Justice Amy Coney Barrett. In fact Justice Sam Alito made the point in his draft, which someone leaked. (We still don’t know who – and the Marshal of the Court has asked for phone records of Supreme Court clerks.)

By the way, SCOTUSblog tells us that eighteen cases remain for the Court to decide. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is one of them.

Off-the-wall excuses for abortion

Nor does a honest debater invoke a weird kind of lifeboat ethics – in this case saying inflation justifies abortion. Nor suggest that the Constitution is out-of-date. We have seen both kinds of argument from layperson and professional alike. Worse, we have seen people taunt those of us who respect human life, by actually advocating for cannibalism.

And last – and possibly most important – honest debaters do not threaten their opponents with physical violence. As the abortion lobby has now done. Every parade in front of the house of a Justice of the Supreme Court violates the law. (18 USC § 1507.) The situation on the ground is so dire that authorities moved Justice Sam Alito to a safe house. Someone has already tried to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh – and the mainstream media won’t report it. This is but one example of lack of respect for the rule of law in the United States today.

Elected officials set bad example

Some of our elected officials are setting the worst possible examples. Last Thursday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Speaker of the House, evaded a question about violence targeting not only Justices of the Supreme Court but also crisis pregnancy centers. What she said instead of answering the question would have made things worse even without the context of evasion.

This talk of politicizing all of this, I think, is something uniquely American and not right. Other countries — Ireland, Italy, Mexico — have had legislative initiatives to expand a woman’s right to choose. Very Catholic countries. I’m a very Catholic person, and I believe in every woman’s right to make her own decisions.

Let’s remember that the Archbishop of San Francisco excommunicated her by reason of the inconsistency of what she just said.

We see elected Attorneys General refusing to enforce any laws against abortion. Furthermore, we see Senators seeming to call for removing certain Justices from the bench. On impeachment for, and conviction of, “lying” to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Those so-called “lies” were in answer to the kind of question it ill befits a Senator even to ask.

It also ill befits any elected official to tell a private company running a search engine, where to lead people who search on the word abortion. They evidently want the engines to lead people strictly to abortion mills, not to alternatives.

A national health emergency?

We can infer that the President wants no limits on abortion.

Furthermore, Jen Psaki, when she ran the Press Office, hinted that Biden found the illegal demonstrations in front of Justices’ homes acceptable.

So perhaps Biden’s latest announcement should surprise no one. We hear the latest from Breitbart, Life News, The Postmillennial, and The New York Times. Specifically, Biden proposed to declare a national public health emergency if, as we expect, the Supreme Court overrules Roe. The Times reports that such a declaration might have two effects:

  1. Doctors who perform abortions where they do not yet have a license, would gain protection from legal liability. In other words, State Boards of Medical Examiners would have no authority over any doctor performing abortions. By tradition, no doctor may perform any medical service in any State unless until the Board of Medical Examiners in that State grants him a license to practice medicine. Reciprocity does not apply to medical licensure. But Biden would go one better: to grant a federal license to perform abortions.
  2. Practitioners in States that ban abortions, could set up clinics on federal government reservations. This would include, but by no means be limited to, military bases. This would be a new wrinkle on Congress’ constitutional power

to exercise exclusive legislation, in all cases whatsoever, over … all places purchased with the consent of the legislature of the State in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings.

What the country needs

All this shows that the country must come to grips with the meaning of life, and much else. In line with becoming a civilizational state, America needs a comprehensive religious awakening. The great experiment with a secular state has run its course, with disastrous results. A civilization won’t survive when the practitioners of the healing arts practice, or condone, killing human beings for convenience. Hippocrates of Cos recognized that – and Luke the Physician certainly would.

For forty-nine years, abortion has coarsened all aspects of life. No other country in the world has ever permitted abortion to the extent the United States has. The reason for that is that Americans forgot the religious foundations of the country. We must, therefore, remember those foundations. CNAV has discussed this before.

George Gallup’s organization tells us that 81 percent of Americans believe in God today – the lowest proportion on record. Maybe this result, or prior results, are overly generous. If you believe in God, you will keep His commandments. Which Americans have not been doing. With the result that Americans, in the last election, gave themselves over to a traitor who cooperates with a global empire bent on reducing the world’s population to a relative handful – perhaps not more than half a billion people. (See the Georgia Guidestones for a declaration of that number.)

The time has now come to abandon secularism and become again that “moral and religious people” for which John Adams said the Constitution was designed.

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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