Last week in the Texas Senate we witnessed nothing short of mob rule. A bill that would have banned late-term abortions after 20 weeks and put into place basic, yet much-needed, safety and health standards at Texas abortion clinics failed to pass. This bill failed, not because it didn’t have the necessary votes, but only because of the pro-choice protesters whose screams, hollers, and chants caused such chaos that the vote missed the midnight deadline by about three minutes.
Shocking, yes, but hardly surprising.
These protesters were led by Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards and consisted of a group of people whose only description of a procedure that tears a little baby limb from limb is summed up neatly in one little word-“choice”.
Can we really expect any better?
As I read the bill and the comments of pro-choice advocates and leaders, I couldn’t help but think about my unborn daughter, Isabella. I am pregnant with my first child and she will be 23 weeks old on Monday. My husband and I watched in amazement as our daughter sucked her little thumb during her 14 week ultrasound—a thumb that has had its nail bed since she was just 11 weeks old. Feeling her little kicks, pokes from her little arms, and her beautiful body moving all around inside of mine has been a constant joy for almost a month now. Last week, I even felt her hiccup.
I thank God that she is blissfully unaware of those who hold her life in such contempt.
To the pro-choice mob that blocked this original bill, my daughter’s life is meaningless as her right to simply live trumps nothing. Although the media hails them as champions of women’s health they are, in fact, leading the attack. They fight to turn the safe haven of my body into a torture chamber for this growing little girl and any butcher will do.
As a woman, pregnant with a 23 week old daughter, I and countless other women find this repulsive.
I’ve long been aware that Planned Parenthood doesn’t really care about women, realizing they care about themselves and their own bottom line. But now, no rational, thinking person can deny it. Opponents of this 20 week late-term abortion ban and of the health and safety standards contained in the bill have said that if it were to pass the majority of the abortion clinics in Texas would be forced to shut down. As my father recently said, “What an admission. So much for women’s health.”
Fighting against a bill that imposes health and safety standards on Texas abortion clinics and the “doctors” that perform such grisly procedures in an effort to safeguard the health of women is completely contrary to Planned Parenthood’s professed interest in women’s health. The sad reality is that PETA does a better job of defending the rights and health of my kitten than Planned Parenthood does defending and fighting for the rights and health of women.
Watching what took place last week, it appeared to me that the only finger Wendy Davis and Planned Parenthood are willing to lift for women’s health is their middle one.
Certainly women in this country and their daughters deserve better representation and advocacy than this.
So when we hear many in the media cheering as Wendy Davis stands defiantly in “heroic” opposition to a bill that seeks only to recognize the scientific fact of life in the womb, that unborn children at 20 weeks feel pain, and attempts to prevent future “Gosnells” from torturing women and their children, sit back, pause for a moment and think of my 23 week old unborn daughter. Is Wendy Davis a hero to her?
Governor Perry has called for a special session that began this week to address this late-term abortion ban. Please pray for its successful passage.