2020 presidential issues No. 1 -- late-term abortion

By Dale E. Landrith Sr. | Sep 19, 2019

Ever since the Supreme Court ruling in Roe vs. Wade in 1973, abortion has been an issue in American politics. The supporters of this ruling were ecstatic, and thus began the phrase "a woman’s right to choose." Those opposed to this ruling were aghast and cited that this was the beginning of infanticide.

Supporters denied that abortion actually involved a baby, but just a mass of tissue growing within the womb of the mother. Opposition cited that this was a violation of sanctity of life and that the “mass of tissue” was actually a living human being and thus the term “life begins at conception” became the cry. Initially those in favor of abortion limited the procedure to the first trimester of pregnancy. In the decades since, there has been a steady push for abortions later and later into pregnancy. The current issue has evolved into allowing abortion up until the very moment of birth. With the development of the sonogram, those opposed to abortion were able to provide a picture of the definite formation of a human child very early in pregnancy.

Those who feared the beginning of infanticide early on are being proven more and more correct as each day, month and year comes and goes. Recently in the news, a nurse, Jill Stanek, stated that a hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., used a “comfort room” for aborted babies that were born alive as a place for them to die. She stated that doctors performed “live birth abortions,” which is a procedure whereby doctors perform an abortion, the baby is born alive, and then allowed to die. There was controversy earlier this year when the governor of Virginia stated that aborted babies born alive were made “comfortable” while being allowed to die. More and more pressure is being exerted to allow late- and very late-term abortion. The issue in 1973 was and still is one of morality. Does “the mother’s right to choose” allow her to decide whether another human being should live or die?

Whether they accept it or not, candidates for president in the 2020 election are being faced with this question, “Should abortions be allowed up to the moment of birth?” Bernie Sanders was asked this very question back in April, and he answered. “The decision over abortion belongs to a woman and her physician, not the federal government, not the state government and not the local government.” Sanders, in the recent CNN Climate Change special, made a statement that was widely interpreted to indicate that the African population needed to be controlled by better birth control, which included abortion. CNN host SE Cupp accused Sanders of entertaining the racist ideology of eugenics.

Beto O’Rourke was recently asked the question in a town hall; the man stated, “My question is this: I was born Sept. 8th, 1989, and I want to know if you think on Sept. 7th, 1989, my life had no value.” O’Rouke’s answer was, “Of course I don’t think that. And of course I’m glad that you’re here. But you referenced my answer in Ohio, and it remains the same. This is a decision that neither you, nor I, nor the United States government should be making. That’s a decision for the woman to make.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has called on Congress to pass legislation guaranteeing abortion and other reproductive rights with no limitation on the duration of the pregnancy. Pete Buttigieg tries to legitimize his late-term abortion stance by indicating that the Bible teaches that “life begins with breath,” and then states, “No matter what you think about the cosmic question of how life begins, most Americans can get on board with the idea of, ‘I might draw the line here. You might draw the line there.’ The most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision.” President Trump answers the question with a definite “No,” and has been and continues to be the most solid pro-life president since the debate began.

The standard answer of all the Democratic candidates on the issue is that the choice is up to the woman or between the woman and her physician. Why do they all answer this way? They are all answering that an abortion at any point in pregnancy is acceptable. However, they do not say “Yes” because it would have negative implications to a great deal of voters. This line of thought goes all the way back to Genesis 3 in the Bible, where Adam was confronted with sin. Instead of accepting responsibility, he tried to blame someone else. The blaming of someone else did not work then, as “the sin of Adam” has been theologically referenced ever since, and it ultimately will not work now.

As much as progressives would try to prove otherwise, this country was founded on biblical Judeo/Christian values held by many of the Founding Fathers. What does the Bible have to say about when life begins? In the New King James Version, Jeremiah 1:5 says, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations." Psalms 139:13-14a -13 says, "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." And finally in the New Testament, John the Baptist, while still in his mother’s womb, recognized Jesus the Christ while He was still in Mary’s womb. Luke 1:41 states, "And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb."

May the morality of the Bible influence your decision as we choose the next president.

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Comments (8)
Posted by: Kevin Riley | Sep 26, 2019 09:21

Hey Schrader,

You can get medicaiton for your OCD problem.


Posted by: Kevin Riley | Sep 24, 2019 11:02


It's because they are right to birth, not right to life. Once the child is born they no longer care about the children's or mothers circumstances. As to outside the US well, they're "not our people" so they don't care aout them eiher.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Sep 24, 2019 10:55

Where are the right to life supporters when it comes to people we are killing around the world in wars or here at home with inadequate housing, health care and food or even the death penalty?  Maybe I am wrong, yet it seems hypocritical.

Posted by: Meredith Ares | Sep 24, 2019 08:12

Many of the “facts” used by abortion opponents are misleading, including many in Mr. Landrith’s article.  For actual facts and statistics on abortions performed in this country, including actual statistics on “live birth abortions” I recommend FactCheck.org.  It is clear that FactCheck has made a sincere effort to get accurate information and present it impartially.  Here’s the link:  https://www.factcheck.org/2019/03/the-facts-on-the-born-alive-debate/

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Sep 23, 2019 19:28

I think Ms. Cassida should check her history.

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Sep 23, 2019 13:52

As the feminist lawyer, Florynce Kennedy, and '60's activist said, "If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament."

(Why is it predominantly men who want to limit women's lives either via violence, control, religion, patriarch, statutes - or all five?)

-Phyllis Merriam


Posted by: Jacki Cassida | Sep 23, 2019 12:27

Those founding fathers with their so-called values also burned women at the stake, prevented women from higher education, from voting, speaking in public, or divorcing abusive husbands.  In a paper published in 2013 by Foster and Katrina Kimport on women who got abortions for reasons other than a danger to life or health or a fetal anomaly, included women who were raising children alone, were depressed or using illicit substances, in the system on welfare or disability,  were in conflict with a male partner or experiencing domestic violence, or didn't learn until weeks later that it was clear the fetus had significant abnormalities and would not live. Using religion to dictate what choices should be made for women is dark ages stuff, sir.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Sep 19, 2019 16:42

A virgin birth is part of our church beliefs. In modern day America, a woman has a right to take pills to stave off pregnancy. Thus it is a women's choice and not up to the man. How many men have left their families and not supported them? How many women are on State aid while caring for many children left to her care by the father? Who is at fault? Today there is the "pill" and ways of preventing unwanted births. Women can and will choose.

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