March 07, 2011

MSNBC lies about an anti-abortion bill

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Read the bill here: Georgia General Assembly, H.B. 1

Note in particular Section 1(b)(2):
(2) 'Prenatal murder' means the intentional removal of a fetus from a woman with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus; provided, however, that if a physician makes a medically justified effort to save the lives of both the mother and the fetus and the fetus does not survive, such action shall not be prenatal murder. Such term does not include a naturally occurring expulsion of a fetus known medically as a 'spontaneous abortion' and popularly as a 'miscarriage' so long as there is no human involvement whatsoever in the causation of such event.

In short, the bill specifically lays out a clear definition of "pre-natal murder" and then contrasts it with a natural spontaneous abortion (a miscarriage). Therefore, it would be impossible to indict a woman who had experienced a natural miscarriage on charges of pre-natal murder. Since she cannot be indicted, she cannot be tried, she cannot be found guilty, and she cannot be given a sentence of death. The bill seems very clear and specific to me. The commentator, Jen Phillips from "Mother Jones" magazine is either lying, or not familiar with legal wording. There is nothing "murky" about this bill. Perhaps she has not read it?

MSNBC is lying about the nature of this bill. Period. I don't live in Georgia, but if I did, I would be writing to my State representatives and asking them to support this bill. It completely reverses Roe v. Wade and does so in a manner that could easily be implemented in every state in the nation. Abortion is not an issue I normally get involved in. The reason is simple, I do NOT want to see a return to back alley abortions that kill both the fetus and the mother. At the same time, I DO believe abortion is murder. Rather than solely being focused on killing unborn babies that are conceived in rape, conceived in a youthful burst of passion, or simply unwanted, I want the pro-choice movement to focus on the complete presentation of real choices available to a woman who does not want the child she is carrying, including choices like receiving counselling to help her accept her child or help in giving the child away for adoption.

In the decades since the Roe v. Wade decision abortion has killed more American babies than all the world's genocides combined. Tens of millions of doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists, gas station workers, shop clerks, factory workers, professional athletes, ministers, farm workers, and all the various trades that keep our country running strong were never given a chance to contribute. How many would have become productive citizens and tax payers and how many would have become criminals? There is no scientific way to definitively say. We can speculate and throw up hypotheticals, but the simple fact is we will never know!

The downside to the Georgia law is that it will bring back the illegal abortions that have killed hundreds and possibly thousands of young women in their prime. In many ways, the Georgia law is just as extreme as Roe v. Wade only on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. Somehow we need to find a point where we as a society can both preserve a woman's freedom of choice and create incentives for her to carry an unwanted child to term. Bouncing back and forth between Roe v. Wade and H.B. 1 is not helping either the mothers or their unborn children. Both are suffering as our society struggles to find that middle ground where suffering can be minimized and freedom maximized. I hope we find it soon.

In the meantime, for politicians and news media to tell deliberate lies in order to sell the American people on some hidden agenda must stop. Falsification of facts destroys the credibility of both sides in this debate and all others. We must be honest with one another in order to find that middle ground where everyone walks away from the table with their most important needs met. Deception must be punished forcefully and honesty rewarded. If we do not do so, if we continue to prefer lies to the truth, then our country will continue to slide irretrievably into the great dustbin of history holding the Sumerians, the Akkadians, the Persians, the Medes, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Ottomans, and all of the other great empires of the past. All of them were built by hardwork, righteous warfare, rapid expansion of merchantilism, and a profound emphasis on the freedom of the common man to make his own way in the world. All of them were destroyed by corruption, deceit, and a refusal to face reality.

Far more important than either Roe v. Wade or H.B. 1 is the dire necessity for open, honest debate. Without that honesty we cannot negotiate. If we cannot negotiate, we will have no choice except to pick a side and destroy everyone who disagrees. In this debate, for example, I fall on the side of State Rep. Bobby Franklin. I don't see a civil war opening up any time soon between pro-choice and pro-life supporters, but if it did, I would definitely throw in with the pro-life supporters. The problem is that this debate does not exist in a vacuum. It is part and parcel of an ongoing ideological war that spans the entire globe. Sometimes this war does turn violent and when it does, everybody loses. How many people working in abortion clinics have been attacked? How many protestors outside the clinics have been hit with rocks, bottles, and false arrests? The lack of honesty on both sides does nothing but provide an opening for those who prefer violent, immediate solutions.

I don't care which side of the debate you fall on. You have a responsibility to present your case as honestly as you are able and to genuinely consider what validity exists in your opponent's case. It takes time, but we can find a solution. Somewhere between mass murder of unborn children and forcing unwanted pregnancies to carry to term is a middle ground where young women will have a high incentive to save their child's life, or if necessary, regain control of their own by aborting that child. We must find that middle ground and the only way to find is to conduct an honest debate, no matter how hard it is or how long it takes.