I noticed the Republicans pulled their abortion bill during this week’s March For Life activities. I scanned through a few headlines at Pewsitter and the usual red-blood sites.
Republicans Surrender to Infanticide
Not quite. The pro-life politicos do the cause no credit by overstating the case. An infant is a born human. A fetus at twenty weeks’ gestation cannot live outside the womb and is not an infant. “Infant” raises blood pressure–and money–the way “fetus” cannot. Sometimes the politics is less about civil rights for the vulnerable and more about gathering material resources.
Late-term abortions are a fraction of the problem. I can imagine a host of reasons why they happen. Medical complications later in a pregnancy. Coercion from “loved” ones. Denial from the pregnant mom. Deeply conflicted feelings about a pregnancy. I can think of few situations in which people take a casual approach to having an abortion after having carried a child for more than half a pregnancy.
This bill wouldn’t address most abortions: before the fetus has brain activity and long before people notice a pregnancy.
I’m convinced abortions would decrease if the reasons for having them disappeared. That effort is as much a pro-life effort as the well-monied efforts to criminalize what has been legal for two generations. But many people have long surrendered that effort–the one truly worth our focus … and money.