Steve Waldman of Beliefnet.com posted this video yesterday:
This isn't so far-fetched, recalling late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart's quote in the Washington Times only today:
"God gave that fetus a 'guardian ad litem' when he chose the mother that fetus is born with," he said. "That mother, I feel, has been charged by God to make the right choices for that child during its unborn and early born years."
Waldman described the video as "an effective way of challenging those who get late term abortions out of fear that the baby will be disabled or have Down Syndrome."...
About late-term abortions, Waldman stated, "We know very little about why these happen."
I disagree. While the other side scrambles to find stories of supposedly valid reasons late-term abortions are committed, there is ample evidence they're for reasons of late-term birth control:
-- Kansas City Star, August 26, 1991, quoting Peggy Jarman of the Pro-Choice Action League: "About three-fourths of [George] Tiller's late-term patients, Jarman said, are teen-agers who have denied to themselves or their families that they were pregnant until it was too late to hide it."
-- Fox News, June 13, 2007, quoting psychiatrist Paul McHugh, who examined Tiller's records for court:
I didn't think that those records supported the idea that these women were likely to suffer a substantial and irreversible impairment, which was required by law here in KS for their abortion since they were late-term abortions.
They highlighted certain kinds of things, which out of context were hard, of course, to appreciate, but were sometimes of a most trivial sort from saying that, "I won't be able to go to concerts," or "I won't be able to take part in sports," to more serious ones such as, "I don't want to give my child up for adoption."
Waldman's final point:
Still, I believe that the battle over abortion should be fought within the hearts and minds of women rather than the courts and legislatures. So videos like these are fair game.
I agree part of the pro-life battle is for the hearts and minds of America. But if life begins at conception, legislators and courts are as obligated to protect all preborn human life as they are to protect all postborn innocent human life. Even the crafter of the Roe v. Wade decision, Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Blackmun agreed this is a point of law. In his decision Blackmun wrote:
The appellee ... argue that the fetus is a "person" within the language and meaning of the 14th Amendment ... If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment.