Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
--C.S. Lewis--

Monday, June 16, 2008

Hope For All But The Helpless

Miss Jessen is an exquisite example of what antiabortion advocates call a "survivor." Well into her third trimester of pregnancy, Gianna's biological mother was injected with a saline solution intended to induce a chemical abortion at a Los Angeles County abortion center. Eighteen hours later, and precious minutes before the abortionist's arrival, Gianna emerged. Premature and with severe injuries that resulted in cerebral palsy. But alive.
Had the abortionist been present at her birth, Gianna would have been killed, perhaps by suffocation. As it was, a startled nurse called an ambulance, and Gianna was rushed to a nearby hospital, where, weighing just two pounds, she was placed in an incubator, then, months later, in foster care.
Gianna survived then, and thrives now, because, as she told me recently with a laugh, "I guess I don't die easy." Which is what the abortionist might have thought as he signed his victim's birth certificate. Gianna's medical records state that she was "born during saline abortion."

Unfortunately for any future Gianna Jessens, if the candidate of "hope" is elected, there will no longer be any hope for infants like her. Twice Mr. Obama has opposed legislation that would have defined such a child as a "person" once she survived the abortion attempt and made it outside of her mother's body alive. At that point, how can anyone argue that continued attempts to kill her are merely a case of a woman exercising "choice" regarding the workings of her own body. In fact, how can anyone call this anything but a clear case of infanticide? Maybe John McCain should ask Senator Obama about what hope such babies should cling to once he is in office.