Abortion is not progressive

January 24, 2019

Having made the word “liberal” truly toxic, today’s leftists have slapped a new label on their failed policies: “Progressive.”  I’ve often asked what’s “progressive” about wanting to repeat the same ruinous economic policies that have brought poverty, inequality, death and misery everywhere they’ve been tried for over a century.  But it’s not just in that arena that “progressives” (I always put it in quotation marks, for good reason) are trying to lead society backwards.  Their views of abortion also run counter to public opinion, basic decency, mounting scientific evidence and the tide of history.

For a tragic example, look to New York.  Tuesday, on the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s notorious Roe v. Wade ruling, Democrats who recently took power in both the state Assembly and Senate passed a sweeping pro-abortion bill that Gov. Andrew Cuomo  ran on a promise to sign.  It’s laughably dubbed the “Reproductive Health Act.” It actually has nothing to do with reproduction or health. 

https://www.syracuse.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/01/7a5d56a87eac4/historic-ny-abortion-vote-how-law-will-change-what-it-means-for-women.html


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In the name of giving women more convenience and choice, the bill allows babies to be aborted up to 24 weeks, or if “there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient's life or health.”  And since doctors can subjectively define that to mean the mother’s mental or emotional health, in effect it means that babies can be aborted right up through the ninth month for any reason. 

Just to be clear: at 24 weeks, a baby is far enough along that it could likely survive outside the womb.  It weighs more than a pound and is almost a foot long.  It has all its internal organs, its brain is making neural connections, it has sex organs, tiny teeth buds, a digestive system and rapid eye movement.  It is, undeniably and incontrovertibly, a human being.  And in the state of New York, caring and compassionate Democrats are celebrating that they just voted to allow it to be ripped to shreds and sucked out through a vacuum hose.

When you hear liberals falsely accuse President Trump of being a heartless monster who wants to rip children from their mothers’ arms and throw them in cages (a quote from Joe Scarborough), remember that many of the same people are proud of the fact that they want to be able to rip children from their mothers’ wombs and throw them in Dumpsters. 

As for the “health” part of the law, the state will no longer even require that an abortion be performed by a doctor.  Licensed nurse practitioners, physician assistants and licensed midwives will also be allowed to perform abortions.  Proponents say this will make abortion more convenient for women in rural areas who don’t have easy access to abortion clinics.  So why not lower the standards for all other medical procedures, so that people who aren’t near a doctor can be operated on by someone who isn’t a doctor?  Under this definition, that would also increase access to “health care.” 

The bill certainly does nothing to aid the health of babies, and not only those still in the womb.  It also rolls back protections for babies born alive during botched abortions. After it passed, Democrats in the State house cheered, and Gov. Cuomo declared it “a historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressive values.”

This is what New York liberals think is “progressive"? Abortions have been declining over the last decade, both in New York and nationwide, as science has made it clearer that a baby in the womb is not just a “clump of cells” that magically turns into a baby at birth.  Still, in New York, the abortion rate of 23.1 per 1,000 women is twice the national average.  More than one-quarter of all pregnancies in the state end in abortion.  In 2014, the most recent year with available data, New York reported 119,940 abortions (and that’s probably an under count.) That was nearly one-eighth of the entire national total.  And yet, Gov. Cuomo and the Democratic legislators think New York's abortion laws are too restrictive and needed to be loosened up.  Cuomo even wants to turn this latest law into a constitutional amendment, to make it harder to get rid of if the SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade.


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In a move that must have filled millions of Americans with rage and disgust, Cuomo also ordered New York landmarks, including One World Trade Center, to be bathed in pink light to “celebrate” this bill legalizing the killing of children up until the ninth month of pregnancy.  The fact that the World Trade Center is synonymous with heroic New Yorkers who gave their lives to protect the lives of others made Cuomo’s desecration of it for this vile anti-life purpose tantamount to sacrilege. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/world-trade-center-lit-pink-celebrate-abortion-bill/

Did it never occur to him that pink is also the color associated with female babies, over 30,000,000 of whom have been slaughtered in the US alone since Roe v. Wade?  Worldwide, in nations where girls are valued less than boys, abortion has been a virtual genocide against females. 

Finally, one more fact you should know about fetal development: It takes only three to four weeks after conception for a baby’s heart to start beating.  We define the end of life as the moment when the heart stops beating, yet “pro-choice” advocates refuse to recognize the point at which it begins beating as the beginning of life.  

So a baby in the womb has a heart at only three weeks.  Andrew Cuomo is 61 years old.  When will he develop one?

Of course, not everyone in New York is happy that the state wants to turn itself into Abortion Central.  There are many Catholics and Republicans who are sickened by this.  And here’s an example of a brave New York business owner who dared to tell his customers exactly what he thinks of the new law.

https://www.westernjournal.com/exclusive-ny-bookstore-stands-new-abortion-law-closes-store-mourn-thousands-babies-will-die/

If Roe v. Wade ever is overturned, despite the misleading claims of abortion defenders, abortion will not automatically be banned nationwide.  The issue will simply go back to the individual states, where it belongs.  Roe v. Wade was based on seven unelected lawyers in black robes somehow “discovering” a right to abortion in the Constitution that the Founders obviously never intended, based on the dubious notion that abortion is part of a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause.

This was such a stretch that at the time, one of America’s greatest legal scholars, John Hart Ely, wrote in the Yale Law Journal that the Court’s decision was "not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be…What is frightening about Roe is that this super-protected right is not inferable from the language of the Constitution, the framers’ thinking respecting the specific problem in issue, any general value derivable from the provisions they included, or the nation's governmental structure."

If it were overturned on grounds that it is terrible law, a perversion of the Constitution and a major federal power grab, then the issue would revert back in the states.  Some would have lenient abortion laws (hopefully, not as lenient as New York’s; I’d also hope that the people in those states would open their hearts and minds to the truth and turn away from it.)  But other states would continue to show real progress, and follow the tide of science and history and the side of love, kindness and decency; to embrace protecting innocent life instead of snuffing it out.  Like this state…

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ohios-new-governor-says-hell-sign-abortion-bill-that-kasich-vetoed

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  • Margi Popp

    01/27/2019 01:38 PM

    Hello Mike
    What New York has allowed regarding abortion was discussed this morning in church and it weighs heavy on everyone who is Pro-Life. This is murder when you take a fetus or a baby that is full term and take their life on purpose. God gave us life and only God can take that life and if anyone thinks they are above God, well their future is going to go to hell, literally. This is very unsettling and should be aggressively repealed enthusiastically by those who cherish the very life God gave us.

  • ROBERT MCFATE

    01/26/2019 03:39 PM

    W. Wilson is considered the first progressive president. In modern time they are no longer "progressive" but are regressive. They want to go back to the time when you could get away with lynching those who are against them but, at present, not with ropes but character assassination. If they ever get full power back you will see interment camps and ropes brought out again. Faith is the only thing that will get us through the end times that are upon us!

  • Shirley Cross

    01/25/2019 02:40 PM

    Hi Mike,
    We watch your program every weekend and just love it. I love the people you have on your show and that it is a morally clean show. We love you Mike. In regard to the subject at hand I just responded to StandAgainstAbortion based on this particular discussion. As I told them, it's a shame that a Murderer has more rights than an unborn child. A Murderer can get around the death penality but a child who has done no wrong has no rights. I don't know who came up with that and I don't know who can allow an unborn child to be harmed or put to death without any rights. The Ten Commandments state " Thou shall not Kill". Why does that seem to mean nothing to these people who are killing these babies and to the people who are allowing it to be done. I can't imagine going into a clinic and saying " kill my child". Even the child of a rapist should have a choice. The mother can give it to a family who can't have a child or many other things. No one has the right to Kill a Baby, whether born or unborn. I can't believe that in America that this is legal but then again I can't believe alot of things that are going on in America, like living together, TransGender people( God doesn't make mistakes), Homosexuality, and the list goes on. This is not the America I raised my children in or that I grew up in. I could get on a roll here about how I disagree with todays young people meaning any who have no morals, lack respect of their elders ect. but I will hush. I know you get a lot of mail and I don't mean to get on my soap box, We love you Mike. We need more like you on Tv. and in the Media. Love Fred & Shirley

  • Bryan E Slabodnik

    01/25/2019 01:45 PM

    Doesn't the Demons, I meant Dems claim to be the champions of woman. Minorities, illegals, LGBT. But they believe in the slaughter of babies. Which, if given the chance to live could very well fall into one of there championed categories. This doesn't make sense. They compare President Trump to Adolph Hitler. This has been one of Dems consistent comparisons since he was rightfully and legally elected as our President. When I read what is going on in our Country in regards to slaughtering innocent babies and I can't help but think Hitler would be so proud of what the Dems. are doing. Who's the one like Hitler again? Who?

  • Nancy Hockley

    01/25/2019 01:42 PM

    And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. (Romans 1:28 KJV)
    This verse says it all.

  • Dennis Wilson

    01/25/2019 01:05 PM

    Does the new abortion law in NY specifically state that babies born alive after an abortion attempt can be "terminated"? I am hearing people on the left deny that.

  • Erica L

    01/25/2019 12:50 PM

    The left would say "Is Europe miserable?", I bet. They want us to be like them.

  • Jim Chett

    01/25/2019 12:04 PM

    I cannot recall when Abortion was not an issue; although, at times, it has been mostly dormant because political "timing" was not right for the pro-abortionist to express their views, intentions, and conduct.

    Some who advocate, and participate in abortion will eventually have to meet their Creator. The meeting will not be pleasant...because there is a God who knows all and will not forgive the murder of His innocent, helpless creations.

    So, like Societies before us, we grapple with these issues and become divided because of them. Perhaps, this is a test by our Creator, a test that, if failed, will be unforgiveable.

  • Doug Moon

    01/25/2019 11:59 AM

    Truly a sad day in New York when that bill passed. I like Matt Walsh's satirical commentary in response to this bill: it's time to, finally, legalize post birth abortions; it is, after all, a woman's right to choose...

  • Gary L Koch

    01/25/2019 06:46 AM

    If it grows it is alive!

  • Myrtle K. Linder

    01/24/2019 08:31 PM

    Progressive? Killing babies is progressive! I only had two babies and two grand babies and one great grand child and I would fight, to the death against anyone trying to harm any one of them!

  • Norman R Able

    01/24/2019 08:29 PM

    Until we get 2 more strong ultra-conservative supreme court judges, nothing will ever be done about killing live babies, Abortion by Planned Parent Hood! Kavanaugh & Roberts, who are moderate conservatives judges will not get it done. All righteous & common sense people know that murder is condemned by God & His word. Keep up the good work of information. Lord bless and Sustain, Norm Able

  • Bernadette Dillon

    01/24/2019 06:50 PM

    This is a very sad day in American history. I agree with what someone else wrote. "You cannot give a lethal injection to a murderer in NY, but you can give a lethal injection to an innocent child in the womb." So sad! So very very tragic

  • Pauline M

    01/24/2019 06:44 PM

    Can Nancy Pelosi be impeached, if so let's get with it.

  • Elizabeth B Crouse

    01/24/2019 05:21 PM

    I am heartsick over what is happening in this country. I heard a Democratic saying President Trump had lost support on FOX today. He has not lost support in Alabama. I got a call from NE yesterday and they are for him.

  • Carol Head

    01/24/2019 05:04 PM

    This sickening practice includes term unborn children. They inject the child with poison and it painfully slowly dies for the next 24 to 48 hours. Then a stillborn is delivered. Ironically it is illegal to use lethal injections on prisoners because it is so inhumane. May Hod have mercy on us all fir allowing this heinous practice!!! Many more nort and north east states are about to follow suit!

  • Sandra Shoun

    01/24/2019 04:44 PM

    A study conducted by the University of Oxford in 2016 found that a baby's heartbeat begins 16 days after conception. Health practitioners have confirmed this as well.
    Cuomo and the N.Y. legislature have created Pro-Death against the most innocent. I wonder where they are heading with this as I don't think this will end with just abortions. Sadly, some New England states are considering the same legislation.
    This is evil. The standing ovation and cheering was unbearable to see and hear and, to me, represented a hatred for human life. Once a woman conceives, she is supposed to be a caregiver for the baby. Liberals, however, dehumanize a human life by calling the baby, "tissue" or a "fetus". No wonder our population is decreasing, enough babies are not being born to maintain population growth, esp. for whites.

  • Sandra Shoun

    01/24/2019 04:36 PM

    A study conducted by the University of Oxford in 2016 found that a baby's heartbeat begins 16 days after conception. Health practitioners have confirmed this as well.
    Cuomo and the N.Y. legislature have created Pro-Death against the most innocent. I wonder where they are heading with this as I don't think this will end with just abortions. Sadly, some New England states are considering the same legislation.
    This is evil. The standing ovation and cheering was unbearable to see and hear and, to me, represented a hatred for human life. Once a woman conceives, she is supposed to be a caregiver for the baby. Liberals, however, dehumanize a human life by calling the baby, "tissue" or a "fetus". No wonder our population is decreasing, enough babies are not being born to maintain population growth, esp. for whites.

  • Sandy Taylor

    01/24/2019 04:08 PM

    I was a teenager and a college student in the late '70's-early '80's, and I guess I've heard every argument pro- and anti- abortion. While I'm ambivalent on a few of society's issues, my bottom line conclusion on abortion is this: If we as a nation continue to accept this pagan child sacrifice as law and refer to this "dark ages" butchering of body and spirit as progressivism and sanitize it with euphemisms like "planned parenthood" and "reproductive health," then the blood of those millions of precious ones is on our hands, and God will judge our nation, punish, and withhold blessings. I tremble to think about it. Mike, please request to see Kentucky State Representative Robert Goforth's anti-abortion legislation that will be presented to the House in early February. It is phenomenal, and I truly believe it will pass! That will be a great day for Kentucky, and that will be true progress!

  • Carol Clark

    01/24/2019 03:17 PM

    Dear Lord I pray that Planned Parenthood will be completely defunded federally. The states will not be able to sustain it on their own. I pray that this year more people will stand against it by contacting their congressional servants. Also that more babies will be saved this year than ever before.

  • Douglas Morgan

    01/24/2019 03:02 PM

    One of the many reasons our culture accepts evil practices such as abortion is that there is no authority of absolute right and wrong. Since our government has taken over inoculation against the truth and then indoctrinates our children from K-12 through Graduate degrees, the Bible is no longer the source of truth or a standard of morality. And, accepting God's Laws and Commandments are even considered mental illness today.

    However, just because the culture is anti-God, anti-Scripture and do not believe, doesn't lessen its truth. Many scriptures in the Bible refer to God forming me and knitting me together in my mother's womb. God creates us from conception to death and then we choose or reject Him and He determines our eternal home. I am very concerned about America. We are divided and have lowered our morals to a point that God has historically said enough. Sacrificing babies on the alter of convenience and the practice and even government protection and support of the homosexual lifestyle. Someone said that if God doesn't judge America, He will owe Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.

  • David Arthur Kosinski

    01/24/2019 03:00 PM

    Mike,

    I often wonder what American abortion doctors would do, if they found themselves doctors in India, with similar conditions depicted in the 2008 movie, Slumdog Millionaire; where doctors were asked to intentionally main patients, in order to make them more effective beggars?

    Our current, abortion-performing doctors would rightly react in horror, probably correctly reciting their Hippocratic Oath, about "never intentionally doing harm.

    No amount of slogans like "privacy, and we have control of our own bodies" would ever induce them to perform these gruesome surgeries!

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    01/24/2019 02:28 PM

    Abortion is not progressive, and neither are these left-wing losers. In the words of one wag, "Syphillis is progressive - and it has the social utility of reminding those who are not truly brain-dead to be more discriminating in their promiscuity". There is no social utility in a "basket-full" of these left-wing losers".

  • Marilyn Bray

    01/24/2019 02:26 PM

    NY’s new abortion law can only be called 1st degree murder. Cuomo & the politicians who voted for this new law are disgraceful and disgusting. And a mother who does this to her baby is just as disgraceful.

  • Joseph

    01/24/2019 02:10 PM

    Democrats have never created a policy or law that had anything to do with thing, as all their failed policies and laws are no more than feel good idea's they come up with to satisfy their moronic base to assure themselves the votes to win elections. The Founders are turning over in their graves at the lack of compassion and the knowledge of Right and Wrong Politicians of today have. They have all lost the reason for them to be where they are and how they got there. To them it is just a job that pays good money and they can make millions on the side from lobbyists and other crooks who don't mind stealing from their own constituents . These truly are sad days for this Great America.