By Amanda Prestigiacomo
The Daily Wire
The public has been outraged by a recent slew of state legislatures and Democrat politicians looking to legalize the murder of the unborn up to the moment of birth or, astonishingly, even after birth. Earlier this month, pro-lifers and even many who consider themselves “pro-choice” were horrified to see New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic Democrat, sign and celebrate the passing of the euphemistically-named Reproductive Health Act. Aside from legalizing abortion up to the moment of birth, the legislation loosens restrictions on who can perform abortions, and strips the murder of the unborn (including the murder of wanted babies) from the state’s criminal code.
But, unfortunately, such barbaric legislation is nothing new. As noted by The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh on Wednesday morning, there are a total of eight states (plus the District of Columbia) which allow the murder of the unborn up to birth. The following states have no gestational limits on abortion, thanks to Democratic lawmakers:
*Plus, the District of Columbia
And the horror of legalized late-term abortions doesn’t stop there. All states which do have gestational cut-offs for abortion have exceptions to the limit, reports the Christian Post:
Similarly, all states that have laws banning late-term abortion still allow exceptions under certain circumstances, as noted by the Guttmacher Institute, an organization that advocates for abortion rights worldwide. Such exemptions include “babies with physical anomalies, and the health of the mother, which can include ‘mental health,’” according to the pro-life group Operation Rescue.
It’s also worth noting that dishonest Democrats and abortion advocates have been posturing radical abortion legislation as a mere alleged protection of women who need “life-saving” abortions. But when legislation, such as New York’s Reproductive Health Act, include the “health” of the mother, it gives abortionists leeway to essentially perform an abortion for any reason. Here’s why: “health” is defined by the Supreme Court (Doe v. Bolton) to broadly include “emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age.”
Moreover, medical professionals have disputed the idea that there is even such a thing as a “life-saving” abortion. Dr. Anthony Levatino, a practicing OBGYN who has performed over 1,200 elective abortions in his lifetime, rejected this notion while testifying before Congress on May 17, 2012. “During my time at Albany Medical Center I managed hundreds of such cases by ‘terminating’ pregnancies to save mother’s lives. In all those cases, the number of unborn children that I had to deliberately kill was zero,” he told Congress.
Here’s fuller context of the testimony via Live Action:
In cases where a pregnancy places a woman in danger of death or grave physical injury, a doctor more often than not doesn’t have 36 hours, much less 72 hours, to resolve the problem. Let me illustrate with a real-life case that I managed while at the Albany Medical Center. A patient arrived one night at 28 weeks gestation with severe pre-eclampsia or toxemia. Her blood pressure on admission was 220/160. A normal blood pressure is approximately 120/80. This patient’s pregnancy was a threat to her life and the life of her unborn child. She could very well be minutes or hours away from a major stroke.
This case was managed successfully by rapidly stabilizing the patient’s blood pressure and “terminating” her pregnancy by Cesarean section. She and her baby did well.
This is a typical case in the world of high-risk obstetrics. In most such cases, any attempt to perform an abortion “to save the mother’s life” would entail undue and dangerous delay in providing appropriate, truly life-saving care. During my time at Albany Medical Center I managed hundreds of such cases by “terminating” pregnancies to save mother’s lives. In all those cases, the number of unborn children that I had to deliberately kill was zero.