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A leading pro-life advocate and mother caused a top left-wing Democratic lawmaker to surry for cover after she exposed his and his party’s hypocrisy regarding the issue of abortion.
While most of the Democratic Party’s members favor virtually unrestricted abortion in all cases while also continually holding up rape and incest as guarantors for the procedure when they are confronted with the suggestion that if those conditions were acceptable, as well as a risk to the mother’s life if they would ban all other abortions, they refuse to agree.
Attorney Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life, utilized that argument to stun Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, snapping at an abortion ban, “If we added rape and incest exceptions would you vote for it?”
The Daily Wire noted:
Raskin had echoed the Democrats’ incessant posturing that “Right-wing extremists” and the pro-life movement are indelibly linked.
“Today, both democracy and freedom are under siege in our country,” he pontificated. There are right-wing extremists and fanatics who want to destroy both the silver frame of our constitutional democracy and they came here to show us they mean business on January 6 of last year and also the golden apple of personal freedom to make our own decisions about the most intimate and personal decisions that we could make.”
“They have brought mob violence to the Congress of the United States, threatening to hang the vice president in order to overthrow a democratic election, and now they are about to do violence to the Constitution and the doctrine of a right to privacy, a freedom that tens of millions of Americans and women have considered central to their ability to lead their lives and to conduct their business as citizens of the country,” Raskin added.
“Well, this is an illuminating hearing, Mr. Chairman,” Raskin quipped in response.
“The Republicans’ own witness, the witness they called, is candidly and openly calling for a nationwide ban on all abortions with no exceptions for rape or incest. And if I have got that wrong, I would invite Ms. Foster to correct me. Do I have it wrong, yes or no?” Raskin responded, in an attempt to bully.
Foster shot back, “If we added rape and incest exceptions would you vote for it?”
“Okay, I reclaim my time,” Raskin said, hiding behind the procedure.
Directly prior to her exchange with Raskin, Foster was asked by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), “Ms. Foster, as a society we’ve got a clear consensus that if a human being has a brain wave and a heartbeat they have an indisputable right to life; they cannot be legally harmed. That is a standard we apply to the end of life; is that also a standard we should apply to the beginning of life?”
“It absolutely is. Yes,” Foster answered.
The House hearing comes a few weeks after an unprecedented leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion written in February by Justice Samuel Alito and agreed to by a majority of the high court’s conservatives overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states. The draft opinion, which has almost surely been altered since, returned the issue to the states.
The draft was leaked to POLITICO; it still is not clear who is responsible.
“The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – that largely maintained the right,” Politico reported.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” he writes in the document, labeled as the “Opinion of the Court.”
“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” he added.
“We, therefore, hold the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito noted in the document, labeled the ‘Opinion of the Court.’