It is ironic that the most volatile controversy in American politics—abortion—hasn’t really been a debate: it’s been more like a mystery story. The truth has been cloaked in misdirection and sugar-coated with words like choice and rights.
Abortion advocates and activists rarely use the word. Their sworn allies in the media tie themselves in knots shielding the public from stunning evidence and common-sense arguments to protect life.
Pro-lifers try to uncover the truth. We record Planned Parenthood officials bragging about illegally trafficking in fetal body parts. The left asserts, without evidence, the videos were doctored, and the media nods along.
Pro-lifers point to Kermit Gosnell, the infamous Philadelphia abortionist convicted of killing three children born alive, who likely killed many more as police found the remains of 47 children in his office. The media declares the revelation merely “a local crime story.”
Pro-choice extremists advocate policies unheard of anywhere else in the free world—publicly financed abortion on demand, up to the moment of birth, justifiable even when the baby is a girl instead of a boy—yet they are called moderate politicians.
Let’s not beat around the bush. This cannot be explained by sympathy for “women’s reproduction rights” or the “health of the mother.” These excuses have nothing to do with the left’s barbaric support for the killing of children in America. No. It’s deliberate and calculated. They’re just lying.
They lie to us because they lie to themselves. They have to. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said: “Violence can only be concealed by a Lie, & the Lie can only be maintained by Violence. … Any man, who has once proclaimed Violence as his Method, is inevitably forced to take the Lie as his Principle.”
Abortion is violence, perpetrated by the powerful against the weak and innocent, usually for a handsome profit. Every baby announcement, every sonogram image, every gender-reveal party, every baby shower, every first kick or hiccup from the womb, every tragic miscarriage, and every miraculous preemie testifies anew to what we already know: they’re babies in there, and abortion kills them dead. Abortion is legal, but it shouldn’t be, and that is the truth the pro-abortion movement must conceal and suppress at all costs.
So, after the nausea wears off, the pro-life movement should be grateful to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. This week Northam defended proposed legislation in the Virginia legislature that would, following New York’s lead, gut remaining restrictions on late-term abortions up through and, apparently, after the child’s birth.
Under this bill, Northam said, “If a mother is in labor… the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother.”
Northam did the one thing pro-abortion politicians are never supposed to do: he told the truth. He didn’t pretend it was about the health of the mother. He didn’t call the child a “fetus,” he said “infant” because he knows they are fully human. He just doesn’t care.
Northam accidentally pulled back the curtain on the lie the left has hung around the abortion issue for 40 years, and revealed the horror within. Northam’s costly honesty has done much more than reveal his own barbaric ideas. He is also forcing all Democrat leaders to admit they agree with him. Since Northam’s comments exploded on social media, no leading Democrats—no presidential candidates or congressional leaders or MSNBC hosts—have condemned them.
Northam’s views may be too extreme for civilized society, but not for his party. To Democrat leaders today, unborn and now even newborn children are not people. They are property, possessions like the Democrats once viewed slaves (Dred Scott) and like the Nazis once viewed Jews.
Liberals claim that late-term abortions, like the hypothetical one Northam was discussing, only occur under “tragic or difficult circumstances, such as a nonviable pregnancy or in the event of severe fetal abnormalities.” That’s false. A 2013 study by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute found that “most women seeking late terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”
And the legislation Northam was defending says nothing about limiting the procedure to deformed or disabled children. It could easily apply to sex selection if the mother was distressed her child was a girl.
We know the truth. Indeed, thanks to Northam’s truth-reveal party on video tape, we know a lot more about the real hearts and minds of pro-choice advocates now. We know the left’s chilling dehumanization of inconvenient children extends beyond the womb to living, breathing, fully born little boys and girls.
When abortion, one day soon, takes its rightful place in the ash heap of history with slavery and the Holocaust, civilization will owe a small debt of gratitude to Northam, for accidentally expediting the end of the violence he serves. Until that day, he is a danger to human rights and human decency, and should be removed from office.