The partial-birth abortion case is about to come before the Supreme Court. So I want to revive an issue I have raised here before.
This question is only for those of you who support partial-birth abortion. There must be some of you out there.
Here’s the question:
Assume the following facts. The fetus is viable. A doctor testifies that the safest method of abortion is to begin the delivery, and then abort the fetus. On cross-examination, he is asked whether delivery would be safer still for the mother — and he answers yes.
In other words, partial-birth abortion is the safest method of abortion — but delivery is safer still.
With those assumptions: in your view, may the state force the mother to deliver the baby?
If not . . . why not?
Show some guts. Assume all the above facts to be true and answer the question based on those assumptions. Then, and only then, question the assumptions if you like. But first, humor me and answer what I asked you — based on the assumptions I gave you.
When I asked the question before, I got 101 comments. Virtually nobody answered the question; most abortion supporters blew smoke. Which, frankly, is what I expect again — because it’s a tough question to answer.
But we pride ourselves on having some of the most intellectually honest leftists around. So . . . does anyone dare answer??
P.S. I have to give credit to the L.A. Times when credit is due. Despite the editors’ previous false suggestions to the contrary, today’s paper makes a shocking admission about partial-birth abortion (or D&X):
Only 1% to 2% of abortions take place after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Of these, about 3,000 to 5,000 per year are done with D&X. Doctors say only a small percentage of those are done because of medical complications or fetal deformity.
You’ll hear hacks on the “pro-choice” side argue the contrary — but even the L.A. Times says they’re wrong.
Every so often, the paper’s editors surprise me — and when they do, I have to give them credit. This is one of those times.
But don’t let that side observation distract us from the debate. I have a question for you supporters of partial-birth abortion, and I’m eager to hear the answer.