I woke up today with my spirit grieved as I learned that SB 5 had failed in Texas. What would SB 5 have done? It would have outlawed abortions after 20 weeks. It would have required that the RU 486 pill be administered according to FDA safety standards. It would have required that abortion centers adhere to the same standards as emergency care clinics. It would have required that those performing abortions be doctors who are qualified to treat life threatening conditions and have privileges to practice at a nearby hospital.
Many of my friends who claim to be “pro-choice” have been practically giddy about the failure of SB 5. Let me be blunt here. “Pro-choice” means nothing more than the ability to choose between allowing a child to develop naturally inside the womb or ripping the child to shreds within the womb. I can almost understand the misguided belief that abortion should be legal. I cannot understand the sheer giddiness of those who want to see it legal to rip children to shreds. Even still, SB 5 would have allowed you to choose to rip a child to shreds as much as 5 months into a 9 month pregnancy. Please tell me how much longer into the pregnancy you want to be able to tear a kid up, if that’s not enough. I think it’s already far too lenient because once a sperm and an egg unite, you have a separate human being. This child has its own DNA. It will develop and grow into a separate being. While I am being graphic about what abortion does, if that bothers you, why do you support killing another human being who has done no wrong?
“This is all about women’s health!” is one cry I’ve heard? Really? You don’t want abortion clinics to adhere to standards similar to emergency care? (Again, I don’t think it’s enough. Abortion is a surgical procedure that should adhere to standards for basic surgical care units in my opinion.) What kind of conditions does a woman undergoing the dismemberment and removal of her child deserve to have? Are there standards for the conditions that you will accept? All about women’s health and you object to having a doctor qualified to treat life threatening conditions with privileges at a local hospital in case of emergency? Is it because you don’t think emergencies happen or is because you don’t want to distract the abortionist from the next patient. If the lady with the emergency can make it to a hospital, great. If not, too bad. Is that what you really believe?
Finally how can you cheer the blatant loud demonstration in the Senate Chamber? This was not the legislative process. This is not how we do things in the United States or Texas. That was mob rule. That was the idea that the people who are the loudest are right. If you applaud that sense of mob rule then you cannot turn back later when someone uses it against a position you support. There are rules for behavior in Legislative Chambers and one of them includes no clapping or cheering during the debates and votes. Those people should have been cleared out by state troopers or anyone with legal authority. If you supported that action, you cannot complain when others engage in it. You have already approved of the method.
While my spirit is grieved at the failure of what should be considered compromise legislation, I continue in the hope of Jesus Christ. As I saw noted elsewhere, mob rule was used to convict and sentence Jesus to death; God used it to bring about our salvation. I don’t know how God will work in light of this but I know that He is not surprised and He is not defeated. Those of you who are cheering now, remember that the pendulum will swing back from your extreme position and good law will return. Oh, and the picture? That’s a child at 16 weeks gestation. For those of you who want the ability to choose to rip a child to shreds, you could have torn that one apart even if SB 5 had passed.