There are, of course, plenty of Republicans who perplex me on the issue of defending innocent human life, but it remains bewildering that the Democratic party would remain so wedded to abortion. To late-term abortion! And in the wake of the Gosnell trial.
But so it is. The White House has issued a veto threat against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
A Statement of Administration Policy explains that:
The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 1797, which would unacceptably restrict women’s health and reproductive rights and is an assault on a woman’s right to choose. Women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care, and Government should not inject itself into decisions best made between a woman and her doctor.
Forty years ago, the Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to privacy, including the right to choose. This bill is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and shows contempt for women’s health and rights, the role doctors play in their patients’ health care decisions, and the Constitution. The Administration is continuing its efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, expand access to contraception, support maternal and child health, and minimize the need for abortion. At the same time, the Administration is committed to the protection of women’s health and reproductive freedom and to supporting women and families in the choices they make.
If the President were presented with this legislation, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto this bill.
Al Sharpton opened his show tonight on MSNBC pointing out that the legislation would ban abortions after 20 weeks, except for cases of rape and incest. He pointed this out as if this is supposed to be outrageous. That a 20-week-old should not be aborted. And only some, in this case.
If you’re not shocked, you might want to visit the Baby Center website and take a look at what’s going on from 15 to 20 weeks, developmemt-wise.