Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Is Nebraska's Pro-Life Law Cruel And Inhumane?

This is a tragic story but not one that can be used to justify abortion like many Liberal blogs are seeking to do. From the Nebraska State Paper:
Nebraska’s new abortion law forced Danielle Deaver to live through ten excruciating days, waiting to give birth to a baby that she and her doctors knew would die minutes later, fighting for breath that would not come.

And that’s what happened. The one-pound, ten-ounce girl, Elizabeth, was born December 8th. Deaver and husband Robb watched, held and comforted the baby as it gasped for air, hoping she was not suffering. She died 15 minutes later.

The sponsor of the controversial Nebraska statute, Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk, told the Des Moines Register that the law worked as it was intended in the Deavers’ case.

"Even in these situations where the baby has a terminal condition or there's not much chance of surviving outside of the womb, my point has been and remains that is still a life," Flood said in an interview with the Iowa newspaper.

The law, the only one of its kind in America, prohibits abortions after the 20th week. It is based on the disputed argument that a fetus may feel pain at that stage. It took effect last October.

"Our hands were tied," Danielle Deaver of Grand Island told The Register in a story published Sunday. "The outcome of my pregnancy, that choice was made by God. I feel like how to handle the end of my pregnancy, that choice should have been mine, and it wasn't because of a law."

Deaver, 34, and her husband planned the pregnancy and wanted a second child, she said.

Their dreams ended tragically when they learned, shortly before the premature birth, that the pregnancy could not go to term and that the fetus had virtually no chance to survive. She was in her 22nd week of pregnancy when her water broke. Abortion was barred at 20 weeks by the Nebraska law...
Now for some of the Liberal reaction to this. First, from Little Green Footballs:
Witness the inhumanity of the right wing anti-choice movement...And again, we see the fanatic’s absolute lack of empathy for the woman who was forced to bear a doomed child, and watch it die in agony...So heartless it boggles the mind.
Keep in mind that this is the same blogger that is a prenatal science denier. This from Feministing:
A brutally upsetting story about a woman forced to give birth despite knowing her child wouldn’t survive because of Nebraska’s new law banning abortion after 20 weeks.
Finally, this from Feministe:
Nebraska fully outlaws abortion after 20 weeks, even in cases where the baby will not survive after birth and the pregnancy is doomed. Danielle and Robb Deavers had such a pregnancy, and wanted to terminate it so that their baby wouldn’t suffer. They couldn’t, and Danielle had to continue the pregnancy and give birth...Amazing things do happen. And so do torturous, horrible and cruel things. What happened to the Deavers is the latter.
Notice how each response seems to be concerned about the suffering of the mother while completely ignoring the suffering the unborn baby girl would have gone through with an abortion that would have torn her to pieces. The mother wonders if her daughter suffered those minutes after being born but seems to completely rule out the suffering her daughter would have gone through by being aborted. To call what happened here "torturous, cruel, inhumane, and heartless" reflects the profound moral confusion of the Left. Letting a natural process unfold is not these things, but taking a direct and intentional action to kill an unborn baby by tearing it to pieces is "torturous, cruel, inhumane, and heartless".