Bill Seeks Freedom of Choice for Fetuses, Dads
by Bair L. Olafs
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The rights of unborn children and their fathers are being trampled by an improper reading of the Constitution. So said U.S. Senator Christopher S. Bond of Missouri as he introduced the Freedom to Choose Life Act of 2010 in the Senate Committee on Health, Ejaculation, Labor Pains and Passions.
"Because three Supreme Court justices erred in 1973, millions of poor little babies and their heart-broken fathers have been denied a basic constitutional right," Bond said. "The due process clause of the 14th Amendment was improperly applied to women only in Roe v. Wade. Men who take part in conception as well as the resulting natural person who is most affected by abortion, have equal rights with women and, therefore, have the freedom to choose in the outcome of any pregnancy in which they play a vital part.
"My bill, therefore, requires that before any abortion, a court hearing that gives equal weight to the father, the mother and the baby be held. A guardian ad litem will look out for the best interests of the baby, while the parents can represent themselves or can opt to be represented by legal counsel."
The National Organization for Women (NOW) opposes the act. NOW President Byrde B. Rayne said virtually no abortions would be performed if fetuses had a say in whether they were terminated.
"If this act passes," Rayne said, "only abortions that make sense would take place, such as in the case of incest or if the mother's health were in dire jeopardy. That would be disastrous for girls and women who want to have abortions for reasons that they deem important but others might not.
"For examples, a girl could not get an abortion to make sure she would fit into her junior prom dress, or because she wants to swim in the Olympics, or because she doesn't want people to know that she has been sexually active. Those reasons are far more important than saving the a lifeless blob of tissue that could threaten to disrupt the lifestyle of the owner."
Tim Tebow, the All-America college football quarterback and 2007 Heisman trophy winner, whose mother rejected advice to abort him, said he supports Bond's bill.
"Some of the guys that were supposed to play on the Florida national championship team with me were aborted 20 years ago," he said. "If they had possessed a vote, I would guess that most of them would have preferred to be born, adopted by a loving family, and raised to adulthood rather than sliced and diced and thrown into the medical waste bin. As a football player, I would say it's much better to be knocked down than knocked off."
Tebow appeared in a controversial commercial that aired during the 2010 Super Bowl. Opponents of the Right to Life movement lobbied to pull the ad off the air because they feared it might discourage women from getting abortions.
"We are often misunderstood because of our name," said Freedom Choice Foundation Director Raven Full. "We believe women should have the freedom to choose abortion, but they most definitely should not have the freedom to keep nurturing a parasitic blob of cells. We already have too many babies in this world."
Bond's bill takes into account pregnancies that resulted from rape or incest. A judge may terminate the gestational parental rights of an accused rapist after considering evidence pertaining to the likelihood that the accused person is innocent.
Ironically, the woman whose abortion was sought in the celebrated Roe v. Wade case is now a passionate anti-abortion activist. Norma McCovey says she was a pawn in the hands of pro-abortion attorneys and regrets signing the affidavits that led to the legalization of abortion across the nation. She converted to Christianity years after she gave birth to the child whom she had tried to abort.
Gianna Jessen, who survived a saline abortion when her mother was 7 1/2 months pregnant, said she suffers from cerebral palsy because the saline solution that was injected into her caused irreversible brain damage.
"Some people tell me if I could think straight, I would be pro-choice," she said. "Well, I think they think crooked when they think I think crooked, but I think I think straight even though they think I think crooked."
Brandy Lozier, another abortion survivor, said she is a voice for the 4,400 daily abortion victims who will never have a voice. She said she is angry at President Barack Obama for voting against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
"If Freedom of Choice people had a vote when they were fetuses, I don't think they would have chosen to be aborted," she said.
Another abortion survivor is Sarah Smith, whose mother tried in 1970 to have an abortion, which was legal in California even before Roe v. Wade. The doctor succeeded in killing her twin brother but did not realize a second baby was still inside the uterus. When Sarah's mother realized she was still pregnant several weeks later, she decided to have the baby.
"Fortunately, these stories of abortion survivors are rare," said Dee N. See of Planned Parenthood, "and so far we've been able to keep them mostly out of the major media. We're lucky that the editors at the big networks and the big newspapers are mostly on our side. Can you imagine how crowded our country would be right now if it weren't for the 49 million abortions performed since 1973?
"If it weren't for abortion, we wouldn't have room for all the illegal aliens, and farmers wouldn't have become rich in the past 35 years getting paid not to grow things."
Some statisticians have noted that the advent of legalized abortion coincided with a drop in crime rates. Author of "Juvenile Delinquency: Why Bad Apples Rot," Foster Childe said women who have abortions tend to come from low-income, poorly educated families, whose children have high rates of criminal activity.
Some authorities dispute that, saying the reason for lower crime rates is that women who have unwanted children are poor parents, who tend to raise criminals for kids.
"I certainly want fewer criminals," said Brighton B. Rezey of National Right to Life, "but we should not execute unborn babies just because of their race, their families' financial circumstances or their mothers' mental stability. We should allow them life and the pursuit of happiness. If they become murderers, then we can execute them."
Quote of the Day
"I've noticed that everybody [who] is for abortion has already been born." — Ronald Reagan.