Normally I like to blog to encourage and inspire others. I don’t like to rant. However, the abortion bill introduced recently in the Virginia House of Delegates pushed a button.
Delegate Kathy Tran recently introduced a bill that would eliminate any restrictions on abortion, even allowing abortion up to and after the moment of birth. One of the main constraints the measure sought to strike down was the requirement of an ultrasound to assist the woman in making an informed decision before giving her written consent. Our state’s governor, Ralph Northam, backed the bill, defending it openly on the radio.
Here’s how Delegate Tran answered questions by Majority Leader Todd Gilbert.
Gilbert: “How late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion in he indicated it could impair the mental health of the woman?”
Tran: “Uhh… also physical health.”
Gilbert: “Yes, but I’m talking about mental health.”
Tran: “OK. Through the third trimester. The third trimester goes all the way up to 40 weeks.”
Gilbert: “OK. So, up to the end of the third trimester?”
Tran: Yep. “I don’t think we have a limit in the bill.”
Gilbert: “Where it’s obvious the woman is about to give birth, she has physical signs; she is about to give birth, would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she was so certified? She is dilating?”
Tran: “Mr. Chairman, that would be a decision that the doctor, the physician and the woman would make at that point.”
Gilbert: “I understand that. I’m asking if your bill allows that.”
Tran: “My bill would allow that. Yes.”
Watching this exchange online was disturbing. I guess because I was in the delivery room for the births of our six kids. I cut the umbilical cord and watched the nurse hand the screaming baby back to my wife to hold while tears of joy ran down our faces. What a holy, surreal moment.
So, I began to wonder. How do you abort a baby in the third trimester? At 25 weeks the baby is developed enough to live outside the womb if born prematurely. Because of its large size, the procedure takes a few days. First, the abortionist injects dioxin into the baby’s head, heart, or torso causing cardiac arrest. Of course, babies feel this pain, and soon their life ends. Next, several sticks of seaweed, known as laminaria, are inserted into the cervix. Slowly they begin to expand to allow the birth of the dead child. Still, the mother has to carry the dead baby around for two to three days. Sometimes the corpse comes out in the toilet at home if the mother is unable to make it to the hospital. If there are complications, abortionists perform a dilation and evacuation known as a “D & E” (D & E’s are also the preferred method in the second trimester). In this procedure, the abortionist uses clamps and forceps to dismember the baby. The most challenging body part to remove of course is the head. To do this, forceps are used to crush the skull. To ensure nothing remains in the womb, body parts a carefully counted and stacked.
Here’s an alarming statistic. Since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973 over sixty million babies have been killed. That’s just a bit smaller than the total number of Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964. 3,657 abortions occur daily, and 152 per hour in the United States alone.
Reflecting on this, Exodus 2 came to mind. Exodus 2 is one of the most fascinating narrative portions in the Bible, the birth of Moses. It was the worst time to have a baby if you were a Hebrew living in Egypt…