Commentary: Abortion is only surgical procedure ‘rooted in ignorance’

Mr. Morrison’s opinion piece concerning Senate bills 21 and 19 (“Delaware abortion bills all about controlling women” March 1) reveals much about the extremes of “progressive” rhetoric concerning abortion in Delaware.

He condemns supporters of the two pro-life bills as “affluent Caucasian men (who) want a big say in abortion laws to which they will never be subject,” This is unabashedly written by a “Caucasian” man who clearly wants “a big say in abortion laws to which (he) will never be subject.” His hypocrisy does not extend to men who favor abortion.

The notion that the bills have no merit because they were proposed by white men is preposterous. Men have a stake in the lives snuffed out by abortion because they are husbands, fathers and boyfriends. Nor does race disqualify an individual from seeking justice and fighting evil, especially when it targets the most vulnerable among us.

His view that no restrictions should be placed on when abortions take place is out of step with the public’s increasing discomfort with late-term abortions, enshrined in Delaware’s liberal abortion law passed in 2017. At the recent hearing for the above bills, supporters easily outnumbered opponents by a huge majority. If he attended, he heard doctors giving testimony that cited scientific studies and statistics about the brutal dismemberment and saline methods used in such abortions which indeed cause the unborn child excruciating pain much earlier than the 20-week gestational limit sought by SB 19, The Pain Capable Infant Protection Act.

Nor does Mr. Morrison believe a woman procuring an abortion should be required to have the option of viewing the ultrasound image of her developing baby. If he checked with Planned Parenthood of Delaware’s website, he would see the following listed under information for abortion patients: “You will receive the following services during your visit: an ultrasound, lab work, an education session and birth control consultation, and your procedure.”

Patients already must pay for an ultrasound; does it only become a barrier if the patient changes her mind after looking at it? Shouldn’t a patient’s right to know all the ramifications of a surgical procedure take precedence over profits? Shouldn’t she have the option to see what is being destroyed in an abortion?

Parroting Planned Parenthood’s “embarrass and shame” rhetoric on all their press releases about these bills, Mr. Morrison makes the oft-heard claim that the choice to abort is “an agonizing and very personal one.” The abortion industry has sought for 46 years to normalize abortion and indeed, it is the most common surgical procedure, having destroyed over 60 million human beings since 1973. Yet, it will never be normalized.

There is great truth in his statement that the decision is “agonizing;” killing a child is anything but normal and the shame comes from the act itself, not from any laws seeking to help the very women exploited, brutalized, and often injured by the procedure.

Shame also comes from ignorance, which is what Mr. Morrison’s opposition is all about. Keep women from the truth about abortion. Never let them see it. Never let them know its risks. Bills that seek to restrict abortion are based on its truths and the harm done to women, a legacy of the abortion industry that is long and deep. Delawareans need to be reminded that two nurses blew the whistle on the Wilmington Planned Parenthood in 2013 because of “unsafe and unsanitary practices” and the abortionist was declared an “imminent danger” to patients by the Attorney General’s office.

Delawareans need to be reminded about Kermit Gosnell, who worked out of a clinic on Baynard Boulevard in Wilmington and who is in prison for killing a woman and murdering infants born alive at his filthy clinic in Philadelphia. Abortion supporters turn a blind eye to such injustice, using women and babies as collateral damage in their fanatical pursuit of “choice.”

Knowledge is power and abortion is the only surgical procedure rooted in ignorance. It may be procured in Delaware without a waiting period, without parental consent for minors, without gestational limits, and without meaningful informed consent that truthfully details what the procedure involves.

“The Pain Capable Unborn Child Act” (HB52/SB21) and “The Woman’s Ultrasound Right to Know Act” (HB53/SB19) seek to protect women from making a choice they may regret for the rest of their lives.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Moira Sheridan is president and Janet Grayson is vice president of Delaware Right to Life.

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