Marsha West
A woman's right to choose...the sex of her baby?
By Marsha West
June 2, 2012

I objected to Roe v. Wade the moment it was decided, not because of any doubts about abortion, but because the decision was a radical deformation of the Constitution. The Constitution has nothing to say about abortion, leaving it, like most subjects, to the judgment and moral sense of the American people and their elected representatives. — Judge Robert Bork

Those opposed to abortion on demand warned of a slippery slope when Roe v. Wade became the law of the land in 1973. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision gave women the right to eliminate an unborn child for practically any reason. Since 1973, over 50 million American lives have been terminated — some through the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion (PBA). I'll explain the procedure in a moment.

Now we are faced with sex-selected abortion, the procedure based on the sex or gender of the child. Sex-selected abortions are common in countries such as India and China. The Washington Times reports on this atrocity:

Worldwide, more than 100 million girls are estimated to be "missing," and a first-of-its kind study by University of Texas economics professor Jason Abrevaya estimated that more than 2,000 girls were "missing" among Asian women who gave birth in California between 1991 and 2004. (Source)

The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) was introduced in the House of Representatives and would have banned sex-selection abortions in this country but the bill was shot down. Pro-aborts argued that PRENDA is another attempt by pro-life advocates to halt the right to an abortion.

According to Life News:

The legislation needed a two-thirds vote and Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the legislation after President Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood came out in opposition.

With a 246-168 vote, the bill did not obtain the two-thirds majority necessary to pass. Republicans voted for the bill on a 226-7 margin while Democrats opposed banning sex-selection abortions on 161-20 vote margin.

Because the bill failed to pass, gender-based abortion is legal in America.

Further on in the report:

Among the organizations that warned House members not to vote for the bill was the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). PPFA sent an email memo to House members on May 29 warning of its "intent to score" a vote for the bill as a vote against "women's health." Also on May 29, the Huffington Post reported that "no Planned Parenthood clinic will deny a woman an abortion based on her reasons for wanting one, except in those states that explicitly prohibit sex-selective abortions (Arizona, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Illinois)." (Source)

How ironic that Planned Parenthood feigns concern over the health of women, yet there's zero concern for the health of a baby girl in her mother's womb! I smell hypocrisy.

President Obama's opposition to the bill came after pro-live group Live Action, an organization headed by Lila Rose, came out with a video exposing a Planned Parenthood employee encouraging a woman to have a sex-selection abortion. In the Live Action video a woman who was part of the sting says she and her husband have decided to abort the baby if it's a girl. The employee answers questions and offers advice. At one point she says, "I'm just trying to, you know, help you as much as possible with this." She ends their discussion with, "Well, good luck, and I hope that you do get your boy." Shortly thereafter a second video emerged showing a New York clinic approving sex-selection abortions. The employee said this: "And so, if you decide that, even if you find out that it's a girl, and you decide that, what you would prefer is to terminate the pregnancy then that's just your decision. I can tell you that, you know, here at Planned Parenthood we believe that it's not up to us to decide what is a good or a bad reason for somebody to terminate a pregnancy."

Anyone familiar with the radical feminist agenda and the women behind it aren't the least bit surprised by the power PPFA wields. In 2007 David Kupelian wrote "Lies and Fraud of Roe v. Wade." I borrowed the above quote from David. In his piece he presents Judge Bork's view of radical feminism, which he shares:

"[Robert] Bork offers a disturbing insight into the radical feminist-inspired pro-abortion worldview behind Roe v. Wade. 'No amount of discussion, no citation of evidence, can alter the opinions of radical feminists about abortion,' Bork states, illustrating his point with a story. 'One evening I naively remarked in a talk that those who favor the right to abort would likely change their minds if they could be convinced that a human being was being killed. I was startled at the anger that statement provoked in several women present. One of them informed me in no uncertain terms that the issue had nothing to do with the humanity of the fetus but was entirely about the woman's freedom.'

Such a supremely selfish brand of 'freedom' is chilling enough, but Bork then explained what 'equality' meant to Roe's backers, including those on the Supreme Court. 'Justice Harry Blackmun, who wrote Roe and who never offered the slightest constitutional defense of it, simply remarked that the decision was a landmark on women's march to equality,' explains Bork. 'Equality, in this view, means that if men do not bear children, women should not have to either. Abortion is seen as a way for women to escape the idea that biology is destiny, and from the tyranny of the family role.'" (Source)

In an article entitled "Hang 'Em High" I explained the gruesome PBA procedure mentioned above. Read it and weep:

The procedure known as partial-birth abortion is immoral. Every American should be outraged that this procedure was ever allowed in a civilized country such as ours. If you've been in a coma and haven't heard about this grizzly procedure allow me explain. To "save the life of the mother," a living, breathing, baby is partially delivered, then scissors are jammed into its skull to make a hole large enough for a suction tube. The tube is inserted into the hole and the baby's brains are sucked out causing the skull to collapse. Sounds like something right out of a Hollywood horror flick, doesn't it? I doubt that even Hollywood would go this far to shock their audience.

If someone tries to tell you that the PBA procedure was not done in this country, that person is misinformed. Until Congress passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 it was a legal procedure, it was done to thousands of babies, and that is a disgrace! Indefatigable pro-life activists fought long and hard to put a stop to this barbaric procedure.

But I digress.

Not surprisingly the PRENDA vote received scant coverage in the mainstream media. "There is nothing more predictable than networks burying negative news about Planned Parenthood" wrote the Media Research Center. MRC did some checking and found that ABC, NBC and CBS skipped the Live Action videos. "Left-wing outlets have gone into damage control, spinning the Live Action sting as a manufactured controversy."

Now that two videos have surfaced we know that this isn't a manufactured controversy any more than the PBA procedure was right-wing propaganda as so many leftists claimed. No doubt pro-life groups such as Live Action will be down in the trenches fighting for the rights of the unborn who cannot speak for themselves. During a discussion with Bill O'Reilly, conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham pointed out what is at stake in the gender-selection debate:

This is about basic human decency and whether we are going to choose to go down the road of barbarism or humanity.

© Marsha West


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Marsha West

Marsha West is founder and co-blogger at Berean Research, along with Amy Spreeman. For two decades Marsha was the owner and managing editor of Email Brigade website and EMB News Report, a bi-weekly report for conservative people of faith. Marsha is also the owner and managing editor of Christian Research Network, Apprising Ministries and On Solid Rock Resources.

Marsha is a regular contributor for several blogs including CRN, RenewAmerica, News With Views, and Web Commentary. Her articles have been translated into many languages and distributed worldwide.

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